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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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Let anyone try, I will not say to arrest, but to notice or to attend to, the present moment of time. One of the most baffling experiences occurs. Where is it, this present? It has melted in our grasp, fled ere we could touch it, gone in the instant of becoming.
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Let everything you do be done as if it makes a difference.
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Let me repeat once more that a man's vision is the great fact about him.
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Life defies our phrases, it is infinitely continuous and subtle and shaded, whilst our verbal terms are discrete, rude and few.
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Life is one long struggle between conclusions based on abstract ways of conceiving cases, and opposite conclusions prompted by our instinctive perception of them.
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Lives based on having are less free than lives based either on doing or on being.
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Man can alter his life by altering his thinking.
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Man lives for science as well as bread.
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Man needs a rule for his will, and will invent one if one be not given him.
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Man's perfection would be the fulfillment of his end; and his end would be union with his Maker.
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Man, biologically considered, and whatever else he may be in the bargain, is simply the most formidable of all the beasts of prey, and, indeed, the only one that preys systematically on its own species
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Mankind's common instinct for reality has always held the world to be essentially a theatre for heroism. In heroism, we feel, life's supreme mystery is hidden. We tolerate no one who has no capacity whatever for it in any direction. On the other hand
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Many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.
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Men habitually use only a small part of the powers which they possess and which they might use under appropriate circumstance.
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Men's activities are occupied into ways -- in grappling with external circumstances and in striving to set things at one in their own topsy-turvy mind.
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Metaphysics means nothing but an unusually obstinate effort to think clearly.
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Most men's friendships are too inarticulate.
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Most people live, whether physically, intellectually or morally, in a very restricted circle of their potential being. They make very small use of their possible consciousness, and of their soul's resources in general, much like a man who, out of his whole bodily organism, should get into a habit of using and moving only his little finger.
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Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second.
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Much of what we call evil can often be converted into a bracing and tonic good by a simple change of the sufferer's inner attitude from one of fear to one of fight
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