William James

William James

There is only one thing a philosopher can be relied upon to do, and that is to contradict other philosophers.

Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.

The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind.

Religion is a monumental chapter in the history of human egotism.

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

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

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

The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude.

A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely re-arranging their prejudices.

The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.

The difference between a good man and a bad man is the choice of cause.

Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.

The great use of life is to spend it for something that outlasts it.

Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they?ve got a second. Give your dreams all you?ve got and you?ll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you!!

I believe there is no source of deception in the investigation of nature which can compare with a fixed belief that certain kinds of phenomena are impossible.

This life is worth living, we can say, since it is what we make it.

The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.

The community stagnates without the impulse of the individual. The impulse dies away without the sympathy of the community.

He who refuses to embrace a unique opportunity loses the prize as surely as if he had failed.

As a rule we disbelieve all the facts and theories for which we have no use.

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

There is only one thing that a philosopher can be relied on to do, and that is, to contradict other philosophers.

We never fully grasp the import of any true statement until we have a clear notion of what the opposite untrue statement would be.

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.

The whole drift of my education goes to persuade me that the world of our present consciousness is only one out of many worlds of consciousness that exist.