William James Quotes

A quotes list created by Lee Sonogan

A black and white photograph of James

Philosopher and psychologist of the late 18th century coined such terms as the word ‘multiverse’, pragmatic theories of truth and much more even influencing the likes of Jimmy Carter, John Dewey and Ludwig Wittgenstein. Lecturing on ideas of the will to believe, fallacies, determinism and most importantly the self, this is just one more name to add to the collection of Famous People Quotes!

  • Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. William James
  • The greatest use of a life is to spend it on something that will outlast it. William James
  • To study the abnormal is the best way of understanding the normal. William James
  • The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another. William James
  • Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second. William James
  • A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices. William James
  • The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated. William James
  • Genius… means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way. William James
  • In business for yourself, not by yourself. William James
  • The union of the mathematician with the poet, fervor with measure, passion with correctness, this surely is the ideal 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
  • Invention, using the term most broadly, and imitation, are the two legs, so to call them, on which the human race historically has walked. William James
  • We may be in the Universe as dogs and cats are in our libraries, seeing the books and hearing the conversation, but having no inkling of the meaning of it all. William James
  • 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. William James
  • Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task. William James
  • The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook. William James
  • A man with no philosophy in him is the most inauspicious and unprofitable of all possible social mates. William James
  • Wherever you are, it is your friends who make your world William James
  • The aim of a college education is to teach you to know a good man when you see one William James
  • We don’t laugh because we’re happy, we’re happy because we laugh William James
  • The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes. William James

(January 11, 1842 – August 26, 1910) a lifetime of knowledge! If I could do any bachelor degree write now it would be a mixture of journalism, philosophy and psychology! I have already half studied a lot of these ideas…



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