William James

William James

William James (January 11, 1842 – August 26, 1910) was an American philosopher and psychologist who was also trained as a physician. 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 labeled him the "Father of American psychology".

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'Pure experience' is the name I gave to the immediate flux of life which furnishes the material to our later reflection with its conceptual categories.

The sovereign cure for worry is prayer.

Those thoughts are truth which guide us to beneficial interaction with sensible particulars as they occur whether they copy these in advance or not.

An act has no ethical quality whatever unless it be chosen out of several all equally possible.

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

I don't sing because I'm happy, I'm happy because I sing.

In the dim background of mind we know what we ought to be doing but somehow we cannot start.

Time itself comes in drops.

Do something everyday for no other reason than you would rather not do it so that when the hour of dire need draws nigh it may find you not unnerved and untrained to stand the test.

Begin to be now what you will be hereafter.

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

There is an organic affinity between joyousness and tenderness and their companionship in the saintly life need in no way occasion surprise.

Human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.

Let everything you do be done as if it makes a difference.

Man can alter his life by altering his thinking.

Man lives for science as well as bread.

Truth lives in fact for the most part on a credit system. Our thoughts and beliefs pass so long as nothing challenges them just as bank-notes pass so long as nobody refuses them.

Genius... means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way.

This life is worth living we can say since it is what we make it.

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

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