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William James Quotes

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

Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.

Category: Belief

Belief creates the actual fact.

Category: Belief

We want all our friends to tell us our bad qualities; it is only the particular ass that does so whom we can't tolerate.

Category: Candor

We are all ready to be savage in some cause. The difference between a good man and a bad one is the choice of the cause.

Category: Causes

No matter how full a reservoir of maxims one may possess, and no matter how good one's sentiments may be, if one has not taken advantage of every concrete opportunity to act, one's character may remain entirely unaffected for the better.

Category: Character

The hell to be endured hereafter, of which theology tells, is no worse than the hell we make for ourselves in this world by habitually fashioned our characters in the wrong way.

Category: Character

It is well for the world that in most of us, by the age of thirty, the character has set like plaster, and will never soften again.

Category: Character

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!''.

Category: Character

Thus the sovereign voluntary path to cheerfulness, if cheerfulness be lost, is to sit up cheerfully and to act and speak as if cheerfulness were already there.

Category: Cheerfulness

The path to cheerfulness is to sit cheerfully and to act and speak as if cheerfulness were already there.

Category: Cheerfulness

If this life be not a real fight, in which something is eternally gained... it is no better than a game of private theatricals from which one may withdraw at will.

Category: Choice

When you have to make a choice and don't make it, that in itself is a choice.

Category: Choice

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.

Category: Circumstance

Hardly ever can a youth transferred to the society of his betters unlearn the nasality and other vices of speech bred in him by the associations of his growing years. Hardly ever, indeed, no matter how much money there be in his pocket, can he ever learn to dress like a gentleman-born. The merchants offer their wares as eagerly to him as to the veriest ''swell,'' but he simply cannot buy the right things.

Category: Conditioning

Our normal waking consciousness, rational consciousness as we call it, is but one special type of consciousness, whilst all about it, parted from it by the filmiest of screens, there lie potential forms of consciousness entirely different.

Category: Consciousness