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9/11/2016

William James Quotes 

William James Quotes



There is a voice inside which speaks and says: This is   the real me! 
William James

To kill time is not murder, it's suicide.
William James

"Never suffer and exception to occur till the new habit is securely rooted in your life. Each lapse is like the letting fall of a ball of string which one is carefully winding up; a single slip undoes more than a great many turns will wind again."
William James 

"I don't sing because I'm happy, I'm happy because I sing."
William James

"Action seems to follow feeling, but really actions 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. Thus the sovereign voluntary path to cheerfulness, if our cheerfulness be lost, is to sit up cheerfully and to act and speak as if cheerfulness were already there."
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A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.
William James 

"Begin to be now what you will be hereafter."
William James

"He who refuses to embrace a unique opportunity loses the prize as surely as if he tried and failed."
William James

Man lives for science as well as bread.
William James 

"We are all ready to be savage in some cause. The difference between a good man and a bad one is the choice of the cause."
William James


William James Quotes



Believe that life is worth living and your belief will create the fact.
William James

To change one's life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions.
William James

If you want a quality, act as if you already had it.
William James

"Your hopes, dreams and aspirations are legitimate. They are trying to take you airborne, above clouds, above the storms if you only let them."
William James

Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.
William James

"You cannot fly like an eagle with the wings of a wren."
William James

In the dim background of mind we know what we ought to be doing but somehow we cannot start.
William James 

"The greatest enemy of any one of our truths may be the rest of our truths."
William James 

"All of us are beggars here."
William James

"If we claim only reasonable probability, it will be as much as men who love the truth can ever at any given moment hope to have within their grasp. Pretty surely it will be more than we could have had, if we were unconscious of our liability to err."
William James 



William James Quotes



"A chain is no stronger than its weakest link, and life is after all a chain."
William James

"Why should we think upon things that are lovely? Because thinking determines life."
William James

"Everybody should do at least two things each day that he hates to do, just for practice."
William James

Belief creates the actual fact.
William James

One hearty laugh together will bring enemies into a closer communion of heart than hours spent on both sides in inward wrestling with the mental demon of uncharitable feeling.
William James 

"Most people, probably, are in doubt about certain matters ascribe to their past. They may have seen them, may have said them, done them, or they may only have dreamed or imagined they did so."
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To change one's life: Begin now. Be bold. No exceptions.
William James

"The more details of our daily life we can hand over to the effortless custody of automatism, the more our higher powers of mind will be set free for their own proper work."
William James

"Most of people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second."
William James

"Our errors are surely not such awfully solemn things. In a world where we are so certain to incur them in spite of all our caution, a certain lightness of heart seems healthier than this excessive nervousness on their behalf."
William James


William James Quotes



"The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast."
William James

"This life is worth living, we can say, since it is what we make it."
William James

"The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one though over another."
William James

We don't laugh because we're happy, we're happy because we laugh.
William James

We all have reservoirs of life to draw upon, of which we do not dream.
William James

"The strenuous life tastes better."
William James

"Everyone knows what attention is. It is taking possession of the mind, in clear and vivid form, of one out of what seems several simultaneously possible objects or trains of thought. Focalization, concentration of consciousness are of its essence. It implies a withdrawal from some things in order to deal effectively with others."
William James 

"Our science is a drop, our ignorance is a sea."
William James 

"Philosophy lives in words, but truth and fact well up into our lives in ways that exceed verbal formulation."
William James 

"No fact in human nature is more characteristic than its willingness to live on a chance. The existence of the chance makes the difference... between a life of which the keynote is resignation and a life of which the keynote is hope."
 William James 


William James Quotes



"The soul is stronger than its surroundings."
William James

"Knowledge about life is one thing: effective occupation of a place in life, with its dynamic passing through your being, is another."
William James

Our view of the world is truly shaped by what we decide to hear.
William James

Anything you may hold firmly in your imagination can be yours.
William James

"Great emergencies and crisis show us how much greater our vital resources are than we had supposed."
William James 

"Work usually follows will."
William James

"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."
William James

"We know the meaning so long as no one asks to define it."
William James

"Seize the very first possible opportunity to act on every resolution you make, and on every emotional prompting you may experience in the direction of the habits you aspire to gain."
William James 

We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.
William James 


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