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Quotations by author » William James
American Philosopher and Psychologist, leader of the philosophical movement of Pragmatism, 1842-1910
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When once a decision is reached and execution is the order of the day, dismiss absolutely all responsibility and care about the outcome
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When we of the so-called better classes are scared as men were never scared in history at material ugliness and hardship; when we put off marriage until our house can be artistic, and quake at the thought of having a child without a bank-account and doomed to manual labor, it is time for thinking men to protest against so unmanly and irreligious a state of opinion.
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When you have broken the reality into concepts you never can reconstruct it in its wholeness.
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When you have to make a choice and don't make it, that is in itself a choice.
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Whenever two people meet there are really six people present. There is each man as he sees himself, each man as the other person sees him and each man as he really is.
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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.
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Where quality is the thing sought after, the thing of supreme quality is cheap, whatever the price one has to pay for it
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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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Wisdom is learning what to overlook.
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With mere good intentions, hell is proverbially paved
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With no attempt there can be no failure; with no failure, no humiliation. So our self-feeling in this world depends entirely on what we back ourselves to be and do. . . .
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You cannot fly like an eagle with wings of a wren.
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[T]he sovereign voluntary path to cheerfulness, if our spontaneous cheerfulness be lost, is to sit up cheerfully, to look round cheerfully, and to act and speak as if cheerfulness were already there.
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