William James Quotes
'Pure experience' is the name I gave to the immediate flux of life which furnishes the material to our later reflection with its conceptual categories.
A chain is no stronger than its weakest link, and life is after all a chain.
A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.
A man has as many social selves as there are individuals who recognize him.
Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.
Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
Action may not bring happiness but there is no happiness without action.
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.
An act has no ethical quality whatever unless it be chosen out of several all equally possible.
An idea, to be suggestive, must come to the individual with the force of revelation.
Be willing to have it so. Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.
Begin to be now what you will be hereafter.
Belief creates the actual fact.
Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.
Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.
Compared to what we ought to be, we are half awake.
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.
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.
Every man who possibly can should force himself to a holiday of a full month in a year, whether he feels like taking it or not.
Everybody should do at least two things each day that he hates to do, just for practice.
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January 11, 1842
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