William James

William James

American psychologist and philosopher
Our belief at the beginning of a doubtful undertaking is the one thing that assures the successful outcome of any venture.More William James quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I am tired of the position of the dried-up critic and doubter. The believer is the true full man. (from a biography of James by Robert D. Richardson)More William James quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
If I should throw down a thousand beans at random upon a table, I could doubtless, by eliminating a sufficient number of them, leave the rest in almost any geometrical pattern you might propose to me, and you might then say that that pattern was the thing prefigured beforehand, and that the other beans were mere irrelevance and packing material. Our dealings with Nature are just like this.More William James quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Romeo wants Juliet as the filings want the magnet; and if no obstacles intervene he moves towards her by as straight a line as they. But Romeo and Juliet, if a wall be built between them, do not remain idiotically pressing their faces against its opposite sides like the magnet and the filings with the card. Romeo soon finds a circuitous way, by scaling the wall or otherwise, of touching Juliet's lips directly. With the filings the path is fixed; whether it reaches the end depends on accidents. With the lover it is the More William James quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
[Religion is] the attempt to be in harmony with an unseen order of things.More William James quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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