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

Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second.

It is wrong always everywhere and for everyone to believe anything upon insufficient evidence.

The best argument I know for an immortal life is the existence of a man who deserves one.

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

The world is all the richer for having a devil in it so long as we keep our foot upon his neck.

Great emergencies and crises show us how much greater our vital resources are than we had supposed.

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

Metaphysics means nothing but an unusually obstinate effort to think clearly.

If the grace of God miraculously operates it probably operates through the subliminal door.

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

The greatest use of a life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.

In business for yourself not by yourself.

To spend life for something which outlasts it.

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.

A chain is no stronger than its weakest link and life is after all a chain.

The essence of genius is to know what to overlook.

If you believe that feeling bad or worrying long enough will change a past or future event then you are residing on another planet with a different reality system.

There is but one cause of human failure. And that is man's lack of faith in his true Self.

Why should we think upon things that are lovely? Because thinking determines life. It is a common habit to blame life upon the environment. Environment modifies life but does not govern life. The soul is stronger than its surroundings.

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