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Inspirational William James Quotes

William James (January 11, 1842 – August 26, 1910) was an American philosopher and psychologist.This post features some Inspirational William James Quotes.

The first educator to offer a psychology course in the United States, James was one of the leading thinkers of the late nineteenth century and is believed by many to be one of the most influential philosophers the United States has ever produced, while others have labelled him the “Father of American psychology”.

Along with Charles Sanders Peirce and John Dewey, he is considered to be one of the major figures associated with the philosophical school known as pragmatism, and is also cited as one of the founders of functional psychology. He was also trained as a physician.

William James Quotes
William James Quotes

William James Quotes

“If you can change your mind, you can change your life.”
― William James

“Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action. ”
― William James

“Procrastination is attitude’s natural assassin. There’s nothing so fatiguing as an uncompleted task.”
― William James

“If you believe that feeling bad or worrying long enough will change a past or future event, then you are residing on another planet with a different reality system.”
― William James

“The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human can alter his life by altering his attitude.”
― William James

“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.”
― William James

“If any organism fails to fulfill its potentialities, it becomes sick.”
― William James

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”
William James quotes

“The art of being wise is knowing what to overlook.”
― William James

“To change one’s life:
1. Start immediately.
2. Do it flamboyantly.
3. No exceptions.”
William James

“Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.”
― William James

“A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.”
― William James

“We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.”
― William James

“The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.”
― William James

“My experience is what I agree to attend to.”
― William James

“Whenever two people meet, there are really six people present. There is each man as he sees himself, each man as the other person sees him, and each man as he really is.”
― William James

“Whenever you’re in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude.”
William James quotes

“Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.”
― William James

“Begin to be now what you will be hereafter. ”
― William James

“To perceive the world differently, we must be willing to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our sense of now, and dissolve the fear in our minds,”
― William James

“Genius, in truth, means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way.”
― William James

“Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, ‘This is the real me,’ and when you have found that attitude, follow it.”
― William James

“Our view of the world is truly shaped by what we decide to hear.”
― William James

“The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.”
― William James

“Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.”
― William James

“We don’t laugh because we’re happy, we’re happy because we laugh.”
― William James

“There are no differences but differences of degree between different degrees of difference and no difference.”
― William James

“Wherever you are, it is your friends who make your world.”
― William James

“We have grown literally afraid to be poor. We despise anyone who elects to be poor in order to simplify and save his inner life. If he does not join the general scramble and pant with the money-making street, we deem him spiritless and lacking in ambition.”
― William James

“Human beings are born into this little span of life of which the best thing is its friendships and intimacies … and yet they leave their friendships and intimacies with no cultivation, to grow as they will by the roadside, expecting them to “keep” by force of mere inertia.”
― William James

“Science, like life, feeds on its own decay. New facts burst old rules; then newly divined conceptions bind old and new together into a reconciling law.”
― William James

“Religion is a monumental chapter in the history of human egotism.”
William James quotes

“Anything you may hold firmly in your imagination can be yours.”
― William James

“The moral flabbiness born of the exclusive worship of the bitch-goddess SUCCESS. That – with the squalid cash interpretation put on the word ‘success’ – is our national disease.”
― William James

“Good-humor is a philosophic state of mind; it seems to say to Nature that we take her no more seriously than she takes us. I maintain that one should always talk of philosophy with a smile.”
― William James

“I am done with great things and big things, great institutions and big success, and I am for those tiny, invisible molecular moral forces that work from individual to individual, creeping through the crannies of the world like so many rootlets, or like the capillary oozing of water, yet which if you give them time, will rend the hardest monuments of man’s pride.”
― William James

“The aim of a college education is to teach you to know a good man when you see one.”
― William James

“If merely ‘feeling good’ could decide, drunkenness would be the supremely valid human experience.”
― William James

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

“Beyond the very extremity of fatigue distress, amounts of ease and power that we never dreamed ourselves to own, sources of strength habitually not taxed at all, because habitually we never push through the obstruction.”
― William James

“A great nation is not saved by wars, it is saved by acts without external picturesqueness; by speaking, writing, voting reasonably; by smiting corruption swiftly; by good temper between parties; by the people knowing true men when they see them, and preferring them as leaders to rabid partisans and empty quacks.”
― William James

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