William James

William James

William James (January 11, 1842 – August 26, 1910) was an American philosopher and psychologist who was also trained as a physician. The first educator to offer a psychology course in the United States, James was one of the leading thinkers of the late nineteenth century and is believed by many to be one of the most influential philosophers the United States has ever produced, while others have labeled him the "Father of American psychology".

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Pessimism leads to weakness optimism to power.

Our esteem for facts has not neutralized in us all religiousness. It is itself almost religious. Our scientific temper is devout.

Wisdom is learning what to overlook.

To study the abnormal is the best way of understanding the normal.

Action may not bring happiness but there is no happiness without action.

The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.

How to gain how to keep how to recover happiness is in fact for most men at all times the secret motive of all they do and of all they are willing to endure.

Our faith is faith in someone else's faith and in the greatest matters this is most the case.

To be conscious means not simply to be but to be reported known to have awareness of one's being added to that being.

Our normal waking consciousness rational consciousness as we call it is but one special type of consciousness whilst all about it parted from it by the filmiest of screens there lie potential forms of consciousness entirely different.

The history of philosophy is to a great extent that of a certain clash of human temperaments.

The 'I think' which Kant said must be able to accompany all my objects is the 'I breathe' which actually does accompany them.

Action seems to follow feeling but really action and feeling go together, and by regulating the action which is under the more direct control of the will we can indirectly regulate the feeling which is not.

Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.

The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.

To change ones life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly.

We have to live today by what truth we can get today and be ready tomorrow to call it falsehood.

We never fully grasp the import of any true statement until we have a clear notion of what the opposite untrue statement would be.

Compared to what we ought to be we are half awake.

The ideas gained by men before they are twenty-five are practically the only ideas they shall have in their lives.

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