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

Our normal waking consciousness, rational consciousness as we call it, is but one special type of consciousness, whilst all about it, parted from it by the filmiest of screens, there lie potential forms of consciousness entirely different.


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


The world we see that seems so insane is the result of a belief system that is not working. 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.


Our faith is faith in someone else's faith, and in the greatest matters this is most the case.


No matter how full a reservoir of maxims one may possess, and no matter how good one's sentiments may be, if one has not taken advantage of every concrete opportunity to act, one's character may remain entirely unaffected for the better.


Every man who possibly can should force himself to a holiday of a full month in a year, whether he feels like taking it or not.


We never fully grasp the import of any true statement until we have a clear notion of what the opposite untrue statement would be.


Great emergencies and crises show us how much greater our vital resources are than we had supposed.


Metaphysics means nothing but an unusually obstinate effort to think clearly.


The aim of a college education is to teach you to know a good man when you see one.


Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.


The best argument I know for an immortal life is the existence of a man who deserves one.


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


The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.


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


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


If the grace of God miraculously operates, it probably operates through the subliminal door.


Belief creates the actual fact.


Compared to what we ought to be, we are half awake.


We have to live today by what truth we can get today and be ready tomorrow to call it falsehood.


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