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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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If you want a trait, act as if you already have the trait.
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Immortality is but a way of saying that the determination of expectancy is the essential factor of rationality.
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Impulse without reason is not enough, and reason without impulse is a poor makeshift.
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In business for yourself, not by yourself.
Business
In every concrete individual, there is a uniqueness that defies formulation. We can feel the touch of it and recognize its taste, so to speak, relishing or disliking, as the case may be, but we can give no ultimate account of it, and we have in the end simply to admire the Creator.
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In the dim background of mind we know what we ought to be doing but somehow we cannot start.
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In the practical use of our intellect, forgetting is as important as remembering.
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Individuality is founded in feeling; and the recesses of feeling, the darker, blinder strata of character, are the only places in the world in which we catch real fact in the making
Individuality
Is life worth living? It all depends on the liver.
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It is as if there were in the human consciousness a sense of reality, a feeling of objective presence, a perception of what we may call "something there," more deep and more general than any of the special and particular "senses" by which the current psychology supposes existent realities to be originally revealed.
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It is only by risking our persons from one hour to another that we live at all.
LifeRisk-taking
It is only by risking our persons from one hour to another that we live at all. And often enough our faith beforehand in an uncertified result is the only thing that makes the result come true.
LivingRisk-taking
It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult undertaking which, more than anything else, will determine its successful outcome.
Attitude
It is true that so far as wealth gives time for ideal ends and exercise to ideal energies, wealth is better than poverty and ought to be chosen. But wealth does this in only a portion of the actual cases. Elsewhere the desire to gain wealth and the fear to lose it are our chief breeders of cowardice and propagators of corruption. There must be thousands of conjunctures in which a wealth-bound man must be a slave, whilst a man for whom poverty has no terrors becomes a freeman.
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It is well for the world that in most of us, by the age of thirty, the character has been set like plaster, and will never soften again.
Character
It is wrong always, everywhere, and for everyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence.
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Just for today I will exercise my soul in three ways: I will do somebody a good turn and not get found out. I will do at least two things I don't want to do.
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Keep the faculty of effort alive in you by a little gratuitous exercise every day. That is, be systematically ascetic or heroic in little unnecessary points, do every day or two something for no other reason than that 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.
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Knowledge about life is one thing; effective occupation of a place in life, with its dynamic currents passing through your being, is another.
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Let anyone try to cut a thought across the middle and get a look at its section, and he will see how difficult the introspective observation. . . . is. The rush of the thought is always so headlong that it almost always brings us up at the conclusion before we can arrest it. [Introspective analysis] is in fact like seizing a spinning top to catch its motion, or trying to turn up the gas quickly enough to see how the darkness looks.
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