William James

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William James

William James

Genius, in truth, means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way.More William James [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision.More William James [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We are spinning our own fates, good or evil, and never to be undone. Every smallest stroke of virtue or of vice leaves its never-so-little scar.More William James [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Faith means belief in something concerning which doubt is theoretically possible.More William James [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The sovereign cure for worry is prayer.More William James [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
In business for yourself, not by yourself.More William James [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Genius is the capacity for seeing relationships where lesser men see none.More William James [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There is only one thing a philosopher can be relied upon to do, and that is to contradict other philosophers.More William James [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More William James [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Thus the sovereign voluntary path to cheerfulness, if cheerfulness be lost, is to sit up cheerfully and to act and speak as if cheerfulness were already there.More William James [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It is well for the world that in most of us, by the age of thirty, the character has set like plaster, and will never soften again.More William James [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If this life be not a real fight, in which something is eternally gained... it is no better than a game of private theatricals from which one may withdraw at will.More William James [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.More William James [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The minute a man ceases to grow, no matter what his years, that minute he begins to be old.More William James [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Human beings are born into this little span of life of which the best thing is its friendship and intimacies, and soon their places will know them no more, and yet they leave their friendships and intimacies with no cultivation, to grow as they will by the roadside, expecting them to keep by force of inertia.More William James [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Habit is thus the enormous fly-wheel of society, its most precious conservative agent. It alone is what keeps us all within the bounds of ordinance, and saves the children of fortune from the envious uprisings of the poor.More William James [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Individuality is founded in feeling; and the recesses of feeling, the darker, blinder strata of character, are the only places in the world in which we catch real fact in the making, and directly perceive how events happen, and how work is actually done.More William James [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Only necessity understood, and bondage to the highest is identical with true freedom.More William James [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
When we of the so-called better classes are scared as men were never scared in history at material ugliness and hardship; when we put off marriage until our house can be artistic, and quake at the thought of having a child without a bank-account and doomed to manual labor, it is time for thinking men to protest against so unmanly and irreligious a state of opinion.More William James [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
What every genuine philosopher (every genuine man, in fact) craves most is praise -- although the philosophers generally call it recognition!More William James [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision, and for whom the lighting of every cigar, the drinking of every cup, the time of rising and going to bed every day, and the beginning of every bit of work, are subjects of express volitional deliberation.More William James [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Knowledge about life is one thing; effective occupation of a place in life, with its dynamic currents passing through your being, is another.More William James [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Is life worth living? It all depends on the liver.More William James [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We are doomed to cling to a life even while we find it unendurable.More William James [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Metaphysics means nothing but an unusually obstinate effort to think clearly.More William James [01/01/2000 12:01:00]

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