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quote by William James: I will act as if what I do makes a difference. with background image: photo of author William James with quote: I will act as if what I do makes a difference....

I will act as if what I do makes a difference.

--William James
quote by William James: If any organism fails to fulfill its potentialities, it becomes sick. with background image: photo of author William James with quote: If any organism fails to fulfill its potentialities, it becomes sick....

If any organism fails to fulfill its potentialities, it becomes sick.

--William James
quote by William James: To be a real philosopher all that is necessary is to hate some one else's type of thinking. with background image: photo of author William James with quote: To be a real philosopher all that is necessary is to hate some one else's type of thinking....

To be a real philosopher all that is necessary is to hate some one else's type of thinking.

--William James
quote by William James: There must be something solemn, serious, and tender about any attitude which we denominate religious. If glad, it must not grin or snicker;… with background image: photo of author William James with quote: There must be something solemn, serious, and tender about any attitude which we denominate religious...

There must be something solemn, serious, and tender about any attitude which we denominate religious. If glad, it must not grin or snicker; if sad, it must not scream or curse.

--William James
quote by William James: We are doomed to cling to a life even while we find it unendurable. with background image: photo of author William James with quote: We are doomed to cling to a life even while we find it unendurable....

We are doomed to cling to a life even while we find it unendurable.

--William James
quote by William James: The essence of genius is to know what to overlook. with background image: photo of author William James with quote: The essence of genius is to know what to overlook....

The essence of genius is to know what to overlook.

--William James
quote by 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 a… with background image: photo of author William James with quote: How to gain, how to keep, how to recover happiness is in fact for most men at all times the secret m...

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
quote by William James: Our normal waking consciousness, rational consciousness as we call it, is but one special type of consciousness, whilst all about it, parte… with background image: photo of author William James with quote: Our normal waking consciousness, rational consciousness as we call it, is but one special type of co...

Our normal waking consciousness, rational consciousness as we call it, is but one special type of consciousness, whilst all about it, parted from it by the filmiest of screens, there lie potential forms of consciousness entirely different.

--William James
quote by William James: Man lives for science as well as bread. with background image:

Man lives for science as well as bread.

--William James
quote by 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. with background image: photo of author William James with quote: We are all ready to be savage in some cause. The difference between a good man and a bad one is the ...

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
quote by William James: Could the young but realize how soon they will become mere walking bundles of habits, they would give more heed to their conduct while in t… with background image: photo of author William James with quote: Could the young but realize how soon they will become mere walking bundles of habits, they would giv...

Could the young but realize how soon they will become mere walking bundles of habits, they would give more heed to their conduct while in the plastic state.

--William James
quote by William James: To be conscious means not simply to be, but to be reported, known, to have awareness of one's being added to that being. with background image: photo of author William James with quote: To be conscious means not simply to be, but to be reported, known, to have awareness of one's being ...

To be conscious means not simply to be, but to be reported, known, to have awareness of one's being added to that being.

--William James
quote by William James: The ideas gained by men before they are twenty-five are practically the only ideas they shall have in their lives. with background image: photo of author William James with quote: The ideas gained by men before they are twenty-five are practically the only ideas they shall have i...

The ideas gained by men before they are twenty-five are practically the only ideas they shall have in their lives.

--William James
quote by William James: There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision. with background image: photo of author William James with quote: There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision....

There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision.

--William James
quote by William James: An idea, to be suggestive, must come to the individual with the force of revelation. with background image: photo of author William James with quote: An idea, to be suggestive, must come to the individual with the force of revelation....

An idea, to be suggestive, must come to the individual with the force of revelation.

--William James
quote by William James: 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. with background image: photo of author William James with quote: It is well for the world that in most of us, by the age of thirty, the character has set like plaste...

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.

--William James
quote by William James: A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices. with background image: photo of author William James with quote: A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices....

A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.

--William James
quote by William James: Whatever universe a professor believes in must at any rate be a universe that lends itself to lengthy discourse. A universe definable in tw… with background image: photo of author William James with quote: Whatever universe a professor believes in must at any rate be a universe that lends itself to length...

Whatever universe a professor believes in must at any rate be a universe that lends itself to lengthy discourse. A universe definable in two sentences is something for which the professorial intellect has no use. No faith in anything of that cheap kind!

--William James
quote by William James: Begin to be now what you will be hereafter. with background image:

Begin to be now what you will be hereafter.

--William James
quote by William James: The hell to be endured hereafter, of which theology tells, is no worse than the hell we make for ourselves in this world by habitually fash… with background image: photo of author William James with quote: The hell to be endured hereafter, of which theology tells, is no worse than the hell we make for our...

The hell to be endured hereafter, of which theology tells, is no worse than the hell we make for ourselves in this world by habitually fashioned our characters in the wrong way.

--William James
quote by William James: It is only by risking our persons from one hour to another that we live at all. And often enough our faith beforehand in an uncertified res… with background image: photo of author William James with quote: It is only by risking our persons from one hour to another that we live at all. And often enough our...

It is only by risking our persons from one hour to another that we live at all. And often enough our faith beforehand in an uncertified result is the only thing that makes the result come true.

--William James
quote by William James: There is an organic affinity between joyousness and tenderness, and their companionship in the saintly life need in no way occasion surpris… with background image: photo of author William James with quote: There is an organic affinity between joyousness and tenderness, and their companionship in the saint...

There is an organic affinity between joyousness and tenderness, and their companionship in the saintly life need in no way occasion surprise.

--William James
quote by William James: Let everything you do be done as if it makes a difference. with background image: photo of author William James with quote: Let everything you do be done as if it makes a difference....

Let everything you do be done as if it makes a difference.

--William James
quote by William James: Everybody should do at least two things each day that he hates to do, just for practice. with background image: photo of author William James with quote: Everybody should do at least two things each day that he hates to do, just for practice....

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

--William James
quote by William James: To be radical, an empiricism must neither admit into its constructions any element that is not directly experienced, nor exclude from them … with background image: photo of author William James with quote: To be radical, an empiricism must neither admit into its constructions any element that is not direc...

To be radical, an empiricism must neither admit into its constructions any element that is not directly experienced, nor exclude from them any element that is directly experienced.

--William James
quote by William James: Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune. with background image: photo of author William James with quote: Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune....

Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.

--William James
quote by William James: Belief creates the actual fact. with background image:

Belief creates the actual fact.

--William James
quote by William James: Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. with background image:

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.

--William James
quote by William James: The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another. with background image: photo of author William James with quote: The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another....

The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.

--William James
quote by William James: Whenever you're in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening… with background image: photo of author William James with quote: Whenever you're in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between d...

Whenever you're in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude.

--William James
quote by William James: Do something everyday for no other reason than you would rather not do it, so that when the hour of dire need draws nigh, it may find you n… with background image: photo of author William James with quote: Do something everyday for no other reason than you would rather not do it, so that when the hour of ...

Do something everyday for no other reason than you would rather not do it, so that when the hour of dire need draws nigh, it may find you not unnerved and untrained to stand the test.

--William James
quote by William James: Action seems to follow feeling, but really action and feeling go together; and by regulating the action, which is under the more direct con… with background image: photo of author William James with quote: Action seems to follow feeling, but really action and feeling go together; and by regulating the act...

Action seems to follow feeling, but really action 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.

--William James
quote by 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 m… with background image: photo of author William James with quote: One hearty laugh together will bring enemies into a closer communion of heart than hours spent on bo...

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
quote by William James: We have to live today by what truth we can get today and be ready tomorrow to call it falsehood. with background image: photo of author William James with quote: We have to live today by what truth we can get today and be ready tomorrow to call it falsehood....

We have to live today by what truth we can get today and be ready tomorrow to call it falsehood.

--William James
quote by William James: An act has no ethical quality whatever unless it be chosen out of several all equally possible. with background image: photo of author William James with quote: An act has no ethical quality whatever unless it be chosen out of several all equally possible....

An act has no ethical quality whatever unless it be chosen out of several all equally possible.

--William James
quote by William James: When you have to make a choice and don't make it, that is in itself a choice. with background image: photo of author William James with quote: When you have to make a choice and don't make it, that is in itself a choice....

When you have to make a choice and don't make it, that is in itself a choice.

--William James
quote by William James: The world we see that seems so insane is the result of a belief system that is not working. To perceive the world differently, we must be w… with background image: photo of author William James with quote: The world we see that seems so insane is the result of a belief system that is not working. To perce...

The world we see that seems so insane is the result of a belief system that is not working. To perceive the world differently, we must be willing to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our sense of now, and dissolve the fear in our minds.

--William James
quote by William James: To study the abnormal is the best way of understanding the normal. with background image: photo of author William James with quote: To study the abnormal is the best way of understanding the normal....

To study the abnormal is the best way of understanding the normal.

--William James
quote by William James: Where quality is the thing sought after, the thing of supreme quality is cheap, whatever the price one has to pay for it. with background image: photo of author William James with quote: Where quality is the thing sought after, the thing of supreme quality is cheap, whatever the price o...

Where quality is the thing sought after, the thing of supreme quality is cheap, whatever the price one has to pay for it.

--William James
quote by William James: The sovereign cure for worry is prayer. with background image: photo of author William James with quote: The sovereign cure for worry is prayer....

The sovereign cure for worry is prayer.

--William James
quote by William James: We don't laugh because we're happy -- we're happy because we laugh. with background image: photo of author William James with quote: We don't laugh because we're happy -- we're happy because we laugh....

We don't laugh because we're happy -- we're happy because we laugh.

--William James
quote by William James: The history of philosophy is to a great extent that of a certain clash of human temperaments. with background image: photo of author William James with quote: The history of philosophy is to a great extent that of a certain clash of human temperaments....

The history of philosophy is to a great extent that of a certain clash of human temperaments.

--William James
quote by William James: The greatest enemy of any one of our truths may be the rest of our truths. with background image: photo of author William James with quote: The greatest enemy of any one of our truths may be the rest of our truths....

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

--William James
quote by 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 certa… with background image: photo of author William James with quote: Our errors are surely not such awfully solemn things. In a world where we are so certain to incur th...

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
quote by William James: Is life worth living? It all depends on the liver. with background image: photo of author William James with quote: Is life worth living? It all depends on the liver....

Is life worth living? It all depends on the liver.

--William James

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