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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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I am often confronted by the necessity of standing by one of my empirical selves and relinquishing the rest. Not that I would not. If I could, be... a great athlete and make a million a year, be a wit, a born -- vivant and a lady killer, as well as a philosopher, a philanthropist ... and saint. But the thing is simply impossible. The millionaire's work would run counter to the saint s; the bon-vivant and the philanthropist would trip each other up; the philosopher and the lady killer could not well keep house in the same tenement of clay. Such different characters may conceivably, at the outset of life. Be alike possible for a man. But to make any one of them actual, the rest must more of less be suppressed. So the seeker of his truest, strongest, deepest self must review the list carefully and pick out on which to stake his salvation. All other selves thereupon become unreal, but the fortunes of this self are real. Its failure are real failures, its triumphs real triumphs carrying shame and gladness with them.
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I don't see how an epigram, being a bolt from the blue, with no introduction or cue, ever gets itself writ
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I don't sing because I'm happy; I'm happy because I sing.
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I have often thought the best way to define a man's character would be to seek out the particular mental or moral attitude in which, when it comes upon him, he felt himself most deeply and intensely active and alive. At such moments there is a voice inside which speaks and says: ''This is the real me!''.
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I know that you, ladies and gentlemen, have a philosophy, each and all of you, and that the most interesting and important thing about you is the way in which it determines the perspective in your several worlds.
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I now perceive one immense omission in my psychology -- the deepest principle of Human Nature is the craving to be appreciated.
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I personally gave up the Absolute . . . I fully believe in taking moral holidays.
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I think you will practically recognise the two types of mental make-up that I mean if I head the columns by the titles `tender-minded' and `tough-minded' respectively.
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I will act as if what I do makes a difference.
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If a man's good for nothing else, he can at least teach philosophy.
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If any organism fails to fulfill its potentialities, it becomes sick.
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If evolution and the survival of the fittest be true at all, the destruction of prey and of human rivals must have been among the most important. . . . It is just because human bloodthirstiness is such a primitive part of us that it is so hard to eradicate, especially when a fight or a hunt is promised as part of the fun.
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If merely 'feeling good' could decide, drunkenness would be the supremely valid human experience
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If the 'searching of our heart and reins' be the purpose of this human drama, then what is sought seems to be what effort we can make. He who can make none is but a shadow; he who can make much is a hero.
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If the grace of God miraculously operates, it probably operates through the subliminal door.
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If there is anything I hate, it is collecting.
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If this life be not a real fight, in which something is eternally gained for the universe by success, it is no better than a game of private theatricals from which one may withdraw at will. But it feels like a real fight.
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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.
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If you care enough for a result, you will most certainly attain it.
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If you want a quality, act as if you already had it.
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