William James

William James – Those thoughts are truth which…


“Those thoughts are truth which guide us to beneficial interaction with sensible particulars as they occur, whether they copy these in advance or not.”
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William James – It is our attitude at…


“It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.”
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William James – Pure experience’ is the name…


“‘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.”
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William James – No matter how full a…


“No matter how full a reservoir of maxims one may possess, and no matter how good one’s sentiments may be, if one has not taken advantage of every concrete opportunity to act, one’s character may remain entirely unaffected for the better.”
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William James – How to gain, how to…


“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.”
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William James – It is well for the…


“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.”
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William James – We have to live today…


“We have to live today by what truth we can get today and be ready tomorrow to call it falsehood.”
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William James – The aim of a college…


“The aim of a college education is to teach you to know a good man when you see one.”
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William James – It is only by risking…


“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.”
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William James – There is but one cause…


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