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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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Each of us literally chooses, by his way of attending to things, what sort of universe he shall appear to himself to inhabit
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Eating candy is the best part of the program. I love candy.
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Education is the organization of acquired habits of conduct and tendencies to behavior .
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Emotional occasions, especially violent ones, are extremely potent in precipitating mental rearrangements. The sudden and explosive ways in which love, jealousy, guilt, fear, remorse, or anger can seize upon one are known to everybody. . . . And emotions that come in this explosive way seldom leave things as they found them.
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Events are influenced by our very great desires.
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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.
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Everybody should do at least two things each day that he hates to do, just for practice.
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Everyone knows that on any given day there are energies slumbering in him which the incitement's of that day do not call forth. Compared with what we ought to be, we are only half awake. The human individual usually lives far within his limits.
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Evil is a disease; and worry over disease is itself an additional form of disease, which only adds to the original complaint.
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Experience has ways of boiling over, and making us correct our present formulas
Experience
Failure, then, failure! so the world stamps us at every turn. We strew it with our blunders, our misdeeds, our lost opportunities, with all the memorials of our inadequacy to our vocation. And with what a damning emphasis does it then blot us out! No easy fine, no mere apology or formal expiation, will satisfy the world's demands, but every pound of flesh exacted is soaked with all its blood. The subtlest forms of suffering known to man are connected with the poisonous humiliations incidental to these results.
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Faith is one of the forces by which men live, and the total absence of it means collapse.
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Faith means belief in something concerning which doubt is still theoretically possible; and as the test of belief is willingness to act, one may say that faith is the readiness to act in a cause the prosperous issue of which is not certified to us in advance.
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Faith means belief in something concerning which doubt is theoretically possible
Faith
Few of us are not in some way infirm, or even diseased; and our very infirmities help us unexpectedly.
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First, you know, a new theory is attacked as absurd; then it is admitted to be true, but obvious and insignificant; finally it is seen to be so important that its adversaries claim that they themselves discovered it
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Footnotes - little dogs yapping at the heels of the text
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For him who confesses, shams are over and realities have begun; he has exteriorized his rottenness. If he has not actually got rid of it, he at least no longer smears it over with a hypocritical show of virtue -- he lives at least upon a basis of veracity.
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For life is evil. Two souls are in my breast; I see the better, and in the very act of seeing it I do the worse.
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For morality life is a war, and the service of the highest is a sort of cosmic patriotism which also calls for volunteers.
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