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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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An act has no ethical quality whatever unless it be chosen out of several all equally possible.
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An experience, perceptual or conceptual, must conform to reality in order to be true.
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An idea, to be suggestive, must come to the individual with the force of revelation.
Ideas
An unlearned carpenter of my acquaintance once said in my hearing: 'There is very little difference between one man and another, but what there is is very important
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As a rule we disbelieve all facts and theories for which we have no use
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As there is no worse lie than a truth misunderstood by those who hear it, so reasonable arguments, challenges to magnanimity, and appeals to sympathy or justice, are folly when we are dealing with human crocodiles and boa-constrictors.
HumanityTruth
Begin to be now what you will be hereafter.
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Belief creates the actual fact.
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Belief is desecrated when given to unproved and unquestioned statements for the solace and private pleasure of the believer . . . It is wrong always, everywhere, and for every one, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence.
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Believe in it? Why, man, I've seen it.
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Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact
Belief
But who does not see that in a disbelieved or doubted or interrogative or conditional proposition, the ideas are combined in the same identical way in which they are in a proposition which is solidly believed.
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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.
Common senseSense of humor
Compared to what we ought to be, we are half awake.
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Compared to what we ought to be, we are only half awake. We are making use of only a small part of our mental and physical resources.
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Could the young but realize how soon they will become mere walking bundles of habits, they would give more heed to their conduct while in the plastic state.
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Cramming seeks to stamp things in by intense application immediately before the ordeal. But a thing thus learned can form but few associations.
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Despair lames most people, but it wakes others fully up.
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Do every day or two something for no other reason than you would rather not do it, so that when the hour of dire need draws nigh, it may find you not unnerved and untrained to stand the test.
ReasonTesting
Each of us is in fact what he is almost exclusively by virtue of his imitativeness
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