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quote by William James: Every way of classifying a thing is but a way of handling it for some particular purpose. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

Every way of classifying a thing is but a way of handling it for some particular purpose.

--William James
quote by William James: Our volitional habits depend, then, first, on what the stock of ideas is which we have; and, second, on the habitual coupling of the several ideas with action or inaction respectively. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

Our volitional habits depend, then, first, on what the stock of ideas is which we have; and, second, on the habitual coupling of the several ideas with action or inaction respectively.

--William James
quote by William James: All our life, so far as it has definite form, is but a mass of habits. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

All our life, so far as it has definite form, is but a mass of habits.

--William James
quote by William James: We want all our friends to tell us our bad qualities; it is only the particular ass that does so whom we can't tolerate. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

We want all our friends to tell us our bad qualities; it is only the particular ass that does so whom we can't tolerate.

--William James
quote by William James: Marvelous as may be the power of my dog to understand my moods, deathless as his affection and fidelity, his mental state is as unsolved a mystery to me as it was to my remotest ancestor. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

Marvelous as may be the power of my dog to understand my moods, deathless as his affection and fidelity, his mental state is as unsolved a mystery to me as it was to my remotest ancestor.

--William James
quote by William James: 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). with background image: photo of author William James with quote

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).

--William James
quote by William James: I don't see how an epigram, being a bolt from the blue, with no introduction or cue, ever gets itself writ. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

I don't see how an epigram, being a bolt from the blue, with no introduction or cue, ever gets itself writ.

--William James
quote by William James: Fear of life in one form or another is the great thing to exorcise. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

Fear of life in one form or another is the great thing to exorcise.

--William James

quote by William James: Footnotes -- little dogs yapping at the heels of the text. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

Footnotes -- little dogs yapping at the heels of the text.

--William James
quote by William James: In its broadest term, religion says that there is an unseen order, and that our supreme good lies in rightful relations to it. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

In its broadest term, religion says that there is an unseen order, and that our supreme good lies in rightful relations to it.

--William James
quote by William James: Most men have a good memory for facts connected with their own pursuits. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

Most men have a good memory for facts connected with their own pursuits.

--William James
quote by William James: An enormous mass of experience, both of homeopathic doctors and their patients, is invoked in favor of the efficacy of these remedies and doses. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

An enormous mass of experience, both of homeopathic doctors and their patients, is invoked in favor of the efficacy of these remedies and doses.

--William James
quote by William James: For I had often said that the best argument I knew for an immortal life was the existence of a man who deserved one as well as Child did. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

For I had often said that the best argument I knew for an immortal life was the existence of a man who deserved one as well as Child did.

--William James
quote by William James: The function of ignoring, of inattention, is as vital a factor in mental progress as the function of attention itself. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

The function of ignoring, of inattention, is as vital a factor in mental progress as the function of attention itself.

--William James
quote by William James: We are stereotyped creatures, imitators and copiers of our past selves. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

We are stereotyped creatures, imitators and copiers of our past selves.

--William James

quote by William James: The intellect, everywhere invasive, shows everywhere its shallowing effect. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

The intellect, everywhere invasive, shows everywhere its shallowing effect.

--William James








quote by William James: The thinker philosophizes as the lover loves. Even were the consequences not only useless but harmful, he must obey his impulse. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

The thinker philosophizes as the lover loves. Even were the consequences not only useless but harmful, he must obey his impulse.

--William James



quote by William James: It seems the natural thing for us to listen whilst the Europeans talk. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

It seems the natural thing for us to listen whilst the Europeans talk.

--William James
quote by William James: Theory must mediate between all previous truths and certain new experiences. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

Theory must mediate between all previous truths and certain new experiences.

--William James
quote by William James: In the acquisition of a new habit, or the leaving off of an old one, we must take care to launch ourselves with as strong and decided an initiative as possible. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

In the acquisition of a new habit, or the leaving off of an old one, we must take care to launch ourselves with as strong and decided an initiative as possible.

--William James
quote by William James: Science, like life, feeds on its own decay. New facts burst old rules; then newly divined conceptions bind old and new together into a reconciling law. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

Science, like life, feeds on its own decay. New facts burst old rules; then newly divined conceptions bind old and new together into a reconciling law.

--William James
quote by William James: My thinking is first and last and always for the sake of my doing, and I can only do one thing at a time. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

My thinking is first and last and always for the sake of my doing, and I can only do one thing at a time.

--William James
quote by William James: I am the same personal being who in old times upon the Earth had those experiences. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

I am the same personal being who in old times upon the Earth had those experiences.

--William James

quote by William James: Sobriety diminishes, discriminates, and says no; drunkenness expands, unites, and says yes. Not through mere perversity do men run after it. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

Sobriety diminishes, discriminates, and says no; drunkenness expands, unites, and says yes. Not through mere perversity do men run after it.

--William James


quote by William James: We have nothing to do but to receive, resting absolutely upon the merit, power, and love of our Redeemer. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

We have nothing to do but to receive, resting absolutely upon the merit, power, and love of our Redeemer.

--William James
quote by William James: The true is the name of whatever proves itself to be good in the way of belief, and good, too, for definite, assignable reasons. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

The true is the name of whatever proves itself to be good in the way of belief, and good, too, for definite, assignable reasons.

--William James
quote by William James: As a rule reading fiction is as hard to me as trying to hit a target by hurling feathers at it. I need resistance to celebrate! with background image: photo of author William James with quote

As a rule reading fiction is as hard to me as trying to hit a target by hurling feathers at it. I need resistance to celebrate!

--William James





quote by William James: Every individual existence goes out in a lonely spasm of helpless agony. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

Every individual existence goes out in a lonely spasm of helpless agony.

--William James

quote by William James: Most people live, whether physically, intellectually or morally, in a very restricted circle of their potential being. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

Most people live, whether physically, intellectually or morally, in a very restricted circle of their potential being.

--William James
quote by William James: The mind, in short, works on the data it receives very much as the sculptor works on his block of stone. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

The mind, in short, works on the data it receives very much as the sculptor works on his block of stone.

--William James
quote by William James: Man lives in only one small room of the enormous house of his consciousness. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

Man lives in only one small room of the enormous house of his consciousness.

--William James

quote by William James: Great indeed is Fear; but it is not, as our military enthusiasts believe and try to make us believe, the only stimulus known for awakening the higher ranges of men's spiritual energy. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

Great indeed is Fear; but it is not, as our military enthusiasts believe and try to make us believe, the only stimulus known for awakening the higher ranges of men's spiritual energy.

--William James
quote by William James: Spiritual energy flows in and produces effects, psychological or material, within the phenomenal world. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

Spiritual energy flows in and produces effects, psychological or material, within the phenomenal world.

--William James
quote by William James: The general law is that no mental modification ever occurs which is not accompanied or followed by a bodily change. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

The general law is that no mental modification ever occurs which is not accompanied or followed by a bodily change.

--William James


quote by William James: If an unusual necessity forces us onward, a surprising thing occurs. The fatigue gets worse up to a certain point, when, gradually or suddenly, it passes away and we are fresher than before! with background image: photo of author William James with quote

If an unusual necessity forces us onward, a surprising thing occurs. The fatigue gets worse up to a certain point, when, gradually or suddenly, it passes away and we are fresher than before!

--William James
quote by William James: We hear the words we have spoken, feel our own blow as we give it, or read in the bystander's eyes the success or failure of our conduct. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

We hear the words we have spoken, feel our own blow as we give it, or read in the bystander's eyes the success or failure of our conduct.

--William James
quote by William James: Once a decision is reached, stop worrying and start working. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

Once a decision is reached, stop worrying and start working.

--William James
quote by William James: Ingenuity in meeting and pursuing the pupil, that tact for the concrete situation, though they are the alpha and omega of the teacher's art, are things to which psychology cannot help us in the least. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

Ingenuity in meeting and pursuing the pupil, that tact for the concrete situation, though they are the alpha and omega of the teacher's art, are things to which psychology cannot help us in the least.

--William James
quote by William James: The amount of psychology which is necessary to all teachers need not be very great. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

The amount of psychology which is necessary to all teachers need not be very great.

--William James
quote by William James: The worst thing that can happen to a good teacher is to get a bad conscience about her profession because she feels herself hopeless as a psychologist. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

The worst thing that can happen to a good teacher is to get a bad conscience about her profession because she feels herself hopeless as a psychologist.

--William James
quote by William James: Psychology ought certainly to give the teacher radical help. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

Psychology ought certainly to give the teacher radical help.

--William James
quote by William James: Truth lives, in fact, for the most part on a credit system. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

Truth lives, in fact, for the most part on a credit system.

--William James
quote by William James: Both thought and feeling are determinants of conduct, and the same conduct may be determined either by feeling or by thought. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

Both thought and feeling are determinants of conduct, and the same conduct may be determined either by feeling or by thought.

--William James
quote by William James: Men's activities are occupied into ways -- in grappling with external circumstances and in striving to set things at one in their own topsy-turvy mind. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

Men's activities are occupied into ways -- in grappling with external circumstances and in striving to set things at one in their own topsy-turvy mind.

--William James
quote by William James: There are two lives, the natural and the spiritual, and we must lose the one before we can participate in the other. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

There are two lives, the natural and the spiritual, and we must lose the one before we can participate in the other.

--William James
quote by William James: No bell in us tolls to let us know for certain when truth is in our grasp. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

No bell in us tolls to let us know for certain when truth is in our grasp.

--William James




quote by William James: If it works, it's true. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

If it works, it's true.

--William James


quote by William James: Resign your destiny to higher powers. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

Resign your destiny to higher powers.

--William James



quote by William James: The first lecture in psychology that I ever heard was the first I ever gave. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

The first lecture in psychology that I ever heard was the first I ever gave.

--William James

quote by William James: 'Facts' are the bounds of human knowledge, set for it, not by it. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

'Facts' are the bounds of human knowledge, set for it, not by it.

--William James

quote by William James: The first thing to learn in intercourse with others is non-interference with their own particular ways of being happy, provided those ways do not assume to interfere by violence with ours. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

The first thing to learn in intercourse with others is non-interference with their own particular ways of being happy, provided those ways do not assume to interfere by violence with ours.

--William James



quote by William James: Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive.

--William James
quote by William James: Modern man ... has not ceased to be credulous ... the need to believe haunts him. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

Modern man ... has not ceased to be credulous ... the need to believe haunts him.

--William James
quote by William James: I wished by treating Psychology like a natural science, to help her become one. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

I wished by treating Psychology like a natural science, to help her become one.

--William James


quote by William James: We must not just patch and tinker with life. We must keep renewing it. Embrace novelty and uniqueness. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

We must not just patch and tinker with life. We must keep renewing it. Embrace novelty and uniqueness.

--William James


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