William James Quotes


Star Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.
Whenever two men meet there are really six people present. There is each man as he sees himself, each man was the other sees him, and each man as he really is.
The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.
Only necessity understood, and bondage to the highest is identical with true freedom.
A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.
Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second. Give your dreams all you've got and you'll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you.
The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.
Genius, in truth, means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way.
He who refuses to embrace a unique opportunity loses the prize as surely as if he had failed.
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.
There is no worse lie than a truth misunderstood by those who hear it.
Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.
How to gain, how to keep, how to recover happiness is in fact for most men at all times the secret motive of all they do, and of all they are willing to endure.
An idea, to be suggestive, must come to the individual with the force of a revelation.
I don't sing because I am happy; I'm happy because I sing.
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.
Need and struggle are what excite and inspire us.
The perfection of rottenness.
The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.
There is but one cause of human failure. And that is man's lack of faith in his true self.
These then are my last words to you: Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.
The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
In the practical use of our intellect, forgetting is as important as remembering.
Each of us literally chooses, by his way of attending to things, what sort of universe he shall appear to himself to inhabit.
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