William James

William James

William James (January 11, 1842 – August 26, 1910) was an American philosopher and psychologist who was also trained as a physician. The first educator to offer a psychology course in the United States, James was one of the leading thinkers of the late nineteenth century and is believed by many to be one of the most influential philosophers the United States has ever produced, while others have labeled him the "Father of American psychology".

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Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.

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

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

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

If merely 'feeling good' could decide, drunkenness would be the supremely valid human experience.

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

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

Belief creates the actual fact.

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.

Faith means belief in something concerning which doubt is theoretically possible.

The aim of a college education is to teach you to know a good man when you see one.

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.

The sway of alcohol over mankind is unquestionably due to its power to stimulate the mystical faculties of human nature usually crushed to earth by the cold facts and dry criticisms of the sober hour.

Many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.

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.

Be willing to have it so. Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.

If you want a quality act as if you already had it.

Knowledge about life is one thing, effective occupation of a place in life with its dynamic currents passing through your being is another.

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.

A man has as many social selves as there are individuals who recognize him.

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