William James Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous William James quotes and William James sayings, and William James proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

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

"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"

"A new position of responsibility will usually show a man to be a far stronger creature than was supposed."

"To change one’s life: start immediately, Do it flamboyantly, no exceptions, no excuses."

"Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact."

"The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude."

"Our lives are like islands in the sea, or like trees in the forest. The maple and the pine may whisper to each other with their leaves … But the trees also commingle their roots in the darkness underground, and the islands also hang together through the ocean’s bottom."

"The great use of life is to spend it for something that outlasts it."

"There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision"

"So it is with children who learn to read fluently and well: They begin to take flight into whole new worlds as effortlessly as young birds take to the sky."

"Where quality is the thing sought after, the thing of supreme quality is cheap, whatever the price one has to pay for it."

"If you want a quality, act as if you already had it."

"What every genuine philosopher (every genuine man, in fact) craves most is praise-although the philosophers generally call it recognition’!"

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

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

"The community stagnates without the impulse of the individual; the impulse dies away without the sympathy of the community."

"The community stagnates without the impulse of the individual. The impulse dies away without the sympathy of the community."

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

"Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing."

"The sway of alcohol over mankind is unquestionably due to its power to stimulate the mystical faculties of human nature."

"The greatest discovery of our generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind. As you think, so shall you be."

"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."

"To give up pretensions is as blessed a relief as to get them ratified."

"Most people never run far enough on the 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."

"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."

"To change ones life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly."

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

"Man can alter his life by altering his thinking."

"A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices."

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

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