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William James Quotes

(1842-1910), American Psychologist, Professor, Author

To spend life for something which outlasts it.

Category: Achievement

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.

Category: Action

If you want a trait, act as if you already have the trait.

Category: Action

I will act as if what I do makes a difference.

Category: Action

Action seems to follow feeling, but really action and feeling go together; and by regulating the action, which is under the more direct control of the will, we can indirectly regulate the feeling, which is not.

Category: Action

Do something everyday 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.

Category: Action

Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.

Category: Adversity

How can the moribund old man reason back to himself the romance, the mystery, the imminence of great things with which our old earth tingled for him in the days when he was young and well?

Category: Age And Aging

We, the lineal representatives of the successful enactors of one scene of slaughter after another, must, whatever more pacific virtues we may also possess, still carry about with us, ready at any moment to burst into flame, the smoldering and sinister traits of character by means of which they lived through so many massacres, harming others, but themselves unharmed.

Category: Aggression

If merely ''feeling good'' could decide, drunkenness would be the supremely valid human experience.

Category: Alcohol And Alcoholism

The sway of alcohol over mankind is unquestionably due to its power to stimulate the mystical faculties of human nature, usually crushed to earth by the cold facts and dry criticisms of the sober hour. Sobriety diminishes, discriminates, and says no; drunkenness expands, unites, and says yes.

Category: Alcohol And Alcoholism

The deepest principle of human nature is the craving to be appreciated.

Category: Approval

It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.

Category: Attitude

The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.

Category: Attitude

As a rule we disbelieve all the facts and theories for which we have no use.

Category: Belief