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quote by William James: Our acts of voluntary attending, as brief and fitful as they are, are nevertheless momentous and critical, determining us, as they do, to higher or lower destinies. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

Our acts of voluntary attending, as brief and fitful as they are, are nevertheless momentous and critical, determining us, as they do, to higher or lower destinies.

--William James



quote by William James: Modern war is so expensive that we feel trade to be a better avenue to plunder; but modern man inherits all the innate pugnacity and all the love of glory of his ancestors. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

Modern war is so expensive that we feel trade to be a better avenue to plunder; but modern man inherits all the innate pugnacity and all the love of glory of his ancestors.

--William James

quote by William James: I myself believe that the evidence for God lies primarily in inner personal experiences. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

I myself believe that the evidence for God lies primarily in inner personal experiences.

--William James
quote by William James: Common sense is better for one sphere of life, science for another, philosophic criticism for a third; but whether either be truer absolutely, heaven only knows. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

Common sense is better for one sphere of life, science for another, philosophic criticism for a third; but whether either be truer absolutely, heaven only knows.

--William James
quote by William James: In the practical use of our intellect, forgetting is as important a function as recollecting. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

In the practical use of our intellect, forgetting is as important a function as recollecting.

--William James

quote by William James: If my inborn faculties are good, I am a prophet; if poor, I am a failure: nature spews me out of her mouth, and there is an end of me. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

If my inborn faculties are good, I am a prophet; if poor, I am a failure: nature spews me out of her mouth, and there is an end of me.

--William James
quote by William James: Pluralism lets things really exist in the each-form or distributively. Monism thinks that the all-form or collective-unit form is the only form that is rational. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

Pluralism lets things really exist in the each-form or distributively. Monism thinks that the all-form or collective-unit form is the only form that is rational.

--William James


quote by William James: The lunatic's visions of horror are all drawn from the material of daily fact. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

The lunatic's visions of horror are all drawn from the material of daily fact.

--William James
quote by William James: Religion ... shall mean for us the feelings, acts and experiences of individual men in their solitude. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

Religion ... shall mean for us the feelings, acts and experiences of individual men in their solitude.

--William James
quote by William James: Every sort of energy and endurance, of courage and capacity for handling life's evils, is set free in those who have religious faith. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

Every sort of energy and endurance, of courage and capacity for handling life's evils, is set free in those who have religious faith.

--William James


quote by William James: A good hypothesis in science must have other properties than those of the phenomenon it is immediately invoked to explain, otherwise it is not prolific enough. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

A good hypothesis in science must have other properties than those of the phenomenon it is immediately invoked to explain, otherwise it is not prolific enough.

--William James

quote by William James: No reception without reaction, no impression without correlative expression, -this is the great maxim which the teacher ought never to forget. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

No reception without reaction, no impression without correlative expression, -this is the great maxim which the teacher ought never to forget.

--William James

quote by William James: All our scientific and philosophic ideals are altars to unknown gods. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

All our scientific and philosophic ideals are altars to unknown gods.

--William James


quote by William James: Good-humor is a philosophic state of mind; it seems to say to Nature that we take her no more seriously than she takes us. I maintain that one should always talk of philosophy with a smile. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

Good-humor is a philosophic state of mind; it seems to say to Nature that we take her no more seriously than she takes us. I maintain that one should always talk of philosophy with a smile.

--William James
quote by William James: As long as there are postmen, life will have zest. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

As long as there are postmen, life will have zest.

--William James
quote by William James: We are not only gregarious animals, liking to be in sight of our fellows, but we have an innate propensity to get ourselves noticed, and noticed favorably, by our kind. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

We are not only gregarious animals, liking to be in sight of our fellows, but we have an innate propensity to get ourselves noticed, and noticed favorably, by our kind.

--William James
quote by William James: The instinct of ownership is fundamental in man's nature. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

The instinct of ownership is fundamental in man's nature.

--William James

quote by William James: When a thing is new, people say: It is not true. Later, when its truth becomes obvious, they say: It is not important. Finally, when its importance cannot be denied, they say: Anyway, it is not new. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

When a thing is new, people say: It is not true. Later, when its truth becomes obvious, they say: It is not important. Finally, when its importance cannot be denied, they say: Anyway, it is not new.

--William James




quote by William James: Smitten as we are with the vision of social righteousness, a God indifferent to everything but adulation, and full of partiality for his individual favorites, lacks an essential element of largeness. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

Smitten as we are with the vision of social righteousness, a God indifferent to everything but adulation, and full of partiality for his individual favorites, lacks an essential element of largeness.

--William James

quote by William James: The simplest rudiment of mystical experience would seem to be that deepened sense of the significance of a maxim or formula which occasionally sweeps over one. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

The simplest rudiment of mystical experience would seem to be that deepened sense of the significance of a maxim or formula which occasionally sweeps over one.

--William James
quote by William James: Habit simplifies our movements, makes them accurate, and diminishes fatigue. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

Habit simplifies our movements, makes them accurate, and diminishes fatigue.

--William James


quote by William James: There is but one indefectibly certain truth , and that is the truth that pyrrhonistic scepticism itself leaves standing, the truth that the present phenomenon of consciousness exists. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

There is but one indefectibly certain truth , and that is the truth that pyrrhonistic scepticism itself leaves standing, the truth that the present phenomenon of consciousness exists.

--William James
quote by William James: The work that leads to a doctor's degree is a constant temptation to sacrifice one's growth as a man to one's growth as a specialist. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

The work that leads to a doctor's degree is a constant temptation to sacrifice one's growth as a man to one's growth as a specialist.

--William James

quote by William James: How pleasant is the day when we give up striving to be young-or slender. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

How pleasant is the day when we give up striving to be young-or slender.

--William James






quote by William James: The intellectual life of man consists almost wholly in his substitution of conceptual order for the perceptual order in which his experience originally comes. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

The intellectual life of man consists almost wholly in his substitution of conceptual order for the perceptual order in which his experience originally comes.

--William James


quote by William James: The one who thinks over his experiences most, and weaves them into systematic relations with each other, will be the one with the best memory. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

The one who thinks over his experiences most, and weaves them into systematic relations with each other, will be the one with the best memory.

--William James


quote by William James: Materialism means simply the denial that the moral order is eternal, and the cutting off of ultimate hopes; spiritualism means theaffirmation of an eternal moral order and the letting loose of hope. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

Materialism means simply the denial that the moral order is eternal, and the cutting off of ultimate hopes; spiritualism means theaffirmation of an eternal moral order and the letting loose of hope.

--William James
quote by William James: Since belief is measured by action, he who forbids us to believe religion to be true, necessarily also forbids us to act as we should if we did believe it to be true. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

Since belief is measured by action, he who forbids us to believe religion to be true, necessarily also forbids us to act as we should if we did believe it to be true.

--William James
quote by William James: Men are now proud of belonging to a conquering nation, and without a murmur they lay down their persons and their wealth, if by so doing they may fend off subjection. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

Men are now proud of belonging to a conquering nation, and without a murmur they lay down their persons and their wealth, if by so doing they may fend off subjection.

--William James


quote by William James: The impulse to take life strivingly is indestructible in the race. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

The impulse to take life strivingly is indestructible in the race.

--William James

quote by William James: The unrest which keeps the never stopping clock of metaphysics going is the thought that the nonexistence of this world is just as possible as its existence. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

The unrest which keeps the never stopping clock of metaphysics going is the thought that the nonexistence of this world is just as possible as its existence.

--William James

quote by William James: Religion must be considered vindicated in a certain way from the attacks of her critics. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

Religion must be considered vindicated in a certain way from the attacks of her critics.

--William James
quote by William James: He who refuses to embrace a unique opportunity loses the prize as surely as if he had failed. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

He who refuses to embrace a unique opportunity loses the prize as surely as if he had failed.

--William James
quote by William James: As the brain-changes are continuous, so do all these consciousnesses melt into each other like dissolving views. Properly they are but one protracted consciousness, one unbroken stream. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

As the brain-changes are continuous, so do all these consciousnesses melt into each other like dissolving views. Properly they are but one protracted consciousness, one unbroken stream.

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

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.

--William James

Longer Version:

Habit is thus the enormous flywheel 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.



quote by William James: True is the name for whatever idea starts the verification process, useful is the name for its completed function in experience. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

True is the name for whatever idea starts the verification process, useful is the name for its completed function in experience.

--William James
quote by William James: Truth for us is simply a collective name for verification processes. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

Truth for us is simply a collective name for verification processes.

--William James
quote by William James: When you have broken the reality into concepts you never can reconstruct it in its wholeness. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

When you have broken the reality into concepts you never can reconstruct it in its wholeness.

--William James
quote by William James: The god whom science recognizes must be a God of universal laws exclusively, a God who does a wholesale, not a retail business. He cannot accommodate his processes to the convenience of individuals. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

The god whom science recognizes must be a God of universal laws exclusively, a God who does a wholesale, not a retail business. He cannot accommodate his processes to the convenience of individuals.

--William James

quote by William James: Our belief at the beginning of a doubtful undertaking is the one thing that assures the successful outcome of any venture. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

Our belief at the beginning of a doubtful undertaking is the one thing that assures the successful outcome of any venture.

--William James


quote by William James: A sense of humor is just common sense dancing. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

A sense of humor is just common sense dancing.

--William James
quote by William James: The art of being wise is knowing what to overlook. with background image: brown and black tiger near body of water
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The art of being wise is knowing what to overlook.

--William James
quote by William James: Psychology is a science, and teaching is an art; and sciences never generate arts directly out of themselves. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

Psychology is a science, and teaching is an art; and sciences never generate arts directly out of themselves.

--William James
quote by William James: We need only in cold blood to act as if the thing in question were real and it will infallibly end by growing into such a connection with our life that it will become real. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

We need only in cold blood to act as if the thing in question were real and it will infallibly end by growing into such a connection with our life that it will become real.

--William James

quote by William James: The union of the mathematician with the poet, fervor with measure, passion with correctness, this surely is the ideal. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

The union of the mathematician with the poet, fervor with measure, passion with correctness, this surely is the ideal.

--William James

quote by William James: Whenever two people meet, there are really six people present. There is each man as he sees himself, each man as the other person sees him, and each man as he really is. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

Whenever two people meet, there are really six people present. There is each man as he sees himself, each man as the other person sees him, and each man as he really is.

--William James
quote by William James: All religions and spiritual traditions begin with the cry Help! with background image: photo of author William James with quote

All religions and spiritual traditions begin with the cry Help!

--William James
quote by William James: The war against war is going to be no holiday excursion or camping party. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

The war against war is going to be no holiday excursion or camping party.

--William James
quote by William James: When once a decision is reached and execution is the order of the day, dismiss absolutely all responsibility and care about the outcome. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

When once a decision is reached and execution is the order of the day, dismiss absolutely all responsibility and care about the outcome.

--William James

quote by William James: Why may we not be in the universe, as our dogs and cats are in our drawingrooms and libraries? with background image: photo of author William James with quote

Why may we not be in the universe, as our dogs and cats are in our drawingrooms and libraries?

--William James
quote by William James: Tell him to live by yes and no -- yes to everything good, no to everything bad. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

Tell him to live by yes and no -- yes to everything good, no to everything bad.

--William James
quote by William James: Individuality is founded in feeling. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

Individuality is founded in feeling.

--William James
quote by William James: It is your friends who make your world. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

It is your friends who make your world.

--William James
quote by William James: History is a bath of blood. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

History is a bath of blood.

--William James

quote by William James: Your hopes, dreams and aspirations are legitimate. They are trying to take you airborne, above the clouds, above the storms, if you only let them. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

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

--William James
quote by William James: It is as important to cultivate your silence power as your word power. with background image: photo of author William James with quote

It is as important to cultivate your silence power as your word power.

--William James

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