William James Quotes

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The greatest discovery of my generation is that man can alter his life simply by altering his attitude of mind.
– William James

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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.
– William James

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The prevalent fear of poverty among the educated classes is the worst moral disease from which our civilization suffers.
– William James

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I don’t sing because I’m happy; I’m happy because I sing.
– William James

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

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To change your life: start immediately; do it flamboyantly; no exceptions.
– William James

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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.
– William James

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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.
– William James

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Care enough for a result, and you will almost certainly attain it.
– William James

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When you have to make a choice and you don’t make it, that itself is a choice.
– William James

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Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.
– William James

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The essence of genius is to know what to overlook.
– William James

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Genius means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way.
– William James

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Habit is second nature, or rather, ten times nature.
– William James

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

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

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If you want a trait, act as if you already have the trait.
– William James

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Language is the most imperfect and expensive means yet discovered for communicating thought.
– William James

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Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second.
– William James

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Philosophy is at once the most sublime and the most trivial of human pursuits.
– William James

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The instinct of ownership is fundamental in man’s nature.
– William James

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It is as important to cultivate your silence power as your word power.
– William James

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A new position of responsibility will usually show a man to be a far stronger creature than was supposed.
– William James

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The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.
– William James

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We have to live today by what truth we can get today and be ready tomorrow to call it falsehood.
– William James

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We do not sing because we are happy, we are happy because we sing.
– William James

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To change one’s life; Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions.
– William James

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The exclusive worship of the bitch goddess Success is our national disease.
– William James

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Success plus Self-esteem equals Pretensions.
– William James

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All natural goods perish. Riches take wings; fame is a breath; love is a heat; youth and health and pleasure vanish.
– William James

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To change ones life Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly.
– William James

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It is only by risking our persons from one hour to another that we live at all.
– William James

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

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