William James (1842-1910) brother of the famous writer Henry James and professor of medicine, philosophy and psychology, made an important contribution concerning mental life. He was a professor at Harvard University in the United States, is known as much as philosopher how much psychologist. In the first of these areas, he was one of the leading figures of pragmatism, a conception according to which the truth of an idea or concept can be evaluated according to the practical value it possesses. Here you have a wonderful compilation of the most famous phrases of William James, do not miss them.
Famous phrases of William James
The most immovable barrier of nature is that between the thought of one man and that of another.
The deepest principle of the human being is the desire to be appreciated.
Wherever you are, it is your own friends who make your world.
Habit is the enormous flywheel of inertia that moves society, its most valuable conservation agent.
Compared to what we should, we are half awake.
When we must make a choice and we don't make it, this is already a choice.
Each way of classifying a thing is only one way of handling it for a certain particular purpose.
As a general rule, we do not believe in the facts and theories for which we are not prepared.
Act as if what you did makes a difference. It does.
Belief creates the current fact.
Everyone should do at least two things he hates a day, and more than he wants.
Is it worth living life? It all depends on the vividor.
Begins to be now what you will be from now on.
The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.
A paradise of inner tranquility seems to be the result of faith.
Common sense and sense of humor are the same although moving at different speeds. Common sense is like a sense of humor but dancing.
Studying the abnormal is the best way to understand normal.
He believes that life is worth living and that belief will help create the fact.
Accepting what has happened is the first step in overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.
Whenever you are in a conflict with someone, there is a factor that can make the difference between damaging or reinforcing the relationship. That factor is the attitude.
It is our attitude at the beginning of something difficult, more than anything else, that will affect a successful outcome.
If you want a quality, act as if you already had it.
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.
If you think that feeling bad or worrying will change the past or the future, you are living on another planet with a different reality.
We are ready to be wild for some cause. The difference between a good man and a bad man is the choice of cause.
Nothing is as tiring as leaving an unfinished task forever.
Many people think they are thinking, when they are actually reorganizing their prejudices.
It seems that the action is followed by the emotion, but in reality the action and the feeling go together; and by regulating the action, which is under the control of the will, we can directly regulate the emotion.
There is only one cause of human failure. And it is man's lack of faith in himself.
I don't sing because I'm happy, I'm happy because I sing.
In the depth of the mind we know what we should be doing but somehow we cannot start.
If an organism fails to complete its potential, it becomes ill.
The action may not bring happiness but there is no happiness without action.
Success or failure depends more on attitude than capacity. Successful men act as if they had achieved something or enjoyed something. Act, look, feel, as if you were successful and you will see impressive results.
Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.
For most of us, over thirty, the character has established itself as the plaster, and will never soften again.
Our worldview is shaped by what we decided to hear.
The sense of humor is a philosophical state of mind; It seems to tell nature that we do not take it more seriously than it takes us.
To change life: start immediately. Do it ostentatiously.
The greatest thing in every education is to make our nervous system our ally instead of our enemy.
The greatest use of a life is to spend it on something that lasts longer than it.
Whenever two people meet, there are six people present. How each person sees himself, how one person sees the other and each person as he really is.
To be a real philosopher, all that is necessary is to hate another's way of thinking.
It is always wrong, anywhere and for anyone, to believe something without enough evidence.
The best argument I know for an immortal life is the existence of a man who deserves it.
Anything you can hold firmly in your imagination can be yours.
An idea, to be suggestive, must reach the individual in the form of revelation.
The community stagnates without the impulse of the individual. The impulse dies without the sympathy of the community.
Being a genius, in reality, means little more than having the power to perceive things in a different way.
If you can change your mind you can change your life.
We are like islands in the sea, separated from the surface but connected in depth.
If we consider the world of geometric relationships, there sleeps the thousandth decimal place of Pi, although nobody ever tries to calculate it.
To perceive the world differently, we must be willing to change our belief system, let go of the past, expand our sense of now and dissolve the fear of our minds.
Age is a high price to pay for maturity.
If you are worried enough about a result, you will certainly achieve it.
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