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William James Quotes

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

A new idea is first condemned as ridiculous and then dismissed as trivial, until finally, it becomes what everybody knows.

Category: Ideas

If you want a quality, act as if you already had it. Try the ''as if'' technique.

Category: Imagination

The best argument I know for an immortal life is the existence of a man who deserves one.

Category: Immortality

There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision, and for whom the lighting of every cigar, the drinking of every cup, the time of rising and going to bed every day, and the beginning of every bit of work, are subjects of express volitional deliberation.

Category: Indecision

Knowledge about life is one thing; effective occupation of a place in life, with its dynamic currents passing through your being, is another.

Category: Knowledge

We don't laugh because we're happy -- we're happy because we laugh.

Category: Laughter

The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.

Category: Life And Living

Everybody should do at least two things each day that he hates to do, just for practice.

Category: Life And Living

Is life worth living? It all depends on the liver.

Category: Life And Living

We are doomed to cling to a life even while we find it unendurable.

Category: Life And Living

When we of the so-called better classes are scared as men were never scared in history at material ugliness and hardship; when we put off marriage until our house can be artistic, and quake at the thought of having a child without a bank-account and doomed to manual labor, it is time for thinking men to protest against so unmanly and irreligious a state of opinion.

Category: Materialism

Metaphysics means nothing but an unusually obstinate effort to think clearly.

Category: Metaphysics

A little cooling down of animal excitability and instinct, a little loss of animal toughness, a little irritable weakness and descent of the pain-threshold, will bring the worm at the core of all our usual springs of delight into full view, and turn us into melancholy metaphysicians.

Category: Metaphysics

The prevalent fear of poverty among the educated classes is the worst moral disease from which our civilization suffers.

Category: Middle Class

If the grace of God miraculously operates, it probably operates through the subliminal door.

Category: Miracles