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William James
January 11, 1842 - August 26, 1910
Nationality: American
Category: Philosopher
Subcategory: American Philosopher

Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.


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.


Many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.


To study the abnormal is the best way of understanding the normal.


A chain is no stronger than its weakest link, and life is after all a chain.


The god whom science recognizes must be a God of universal laws exclusively, a God who does a wholesale, not a retail business. He cannot accommodate his processes to the convenience of individuals.


If any organism fails to fulfill its potentialities, it becomes sick.


To be a real philosopher all that is necessary is to hate some one else's type of thinking.


Individuality is founded in feeling; and the recesses of feeling, the darker, blinder strata of character, are the only places in the world in which we catch real fact in the making, and directly perceive how events happen, and how work is actually done.


Faith means belief in something concerning which doubt is theoretically possible.


The sovereign cure for worry is prayer.


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


If merely 'feeling good' could decide, drunkenness would be the supremely valid human experience.


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


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


Action seems to follow feeling, but really action and feeling go together; and by regulating the action, which is under the more direct control of the will, we can indirectly regulate the feeling, which is not.


The essence of genius is to know what to overlook.


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


Whatever universe a professor believes in must at any rate be a universe that lends itself to lengthy discourse. A universe definable in two sentences is something for which the professorial intellect has no use. No faith in anything of that cheap kind!


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.


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