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WILLIAM JAMES
American philosopher and psychologist
(1842 - 1910)
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The highest flights of charity, devotion, trust, patience, bravery to which the wings of human nature have spread themselves, have been flown for religious ideals.
      - [Religion]

The ideas gained by men before they are twenty-five are practically the only ideas they shall have in their lives.
      - [Ideas]

The man whose acquisitions stick is the man who is always achieving and advancing whilst his neighbors, spending most of their time in relearning what they once knew but have forgotten, simply hold their own.
      - [Learning]

The prevalent fear of poverty among the educated classes is the worst moral disease from which our civilization suffers.
      - [Poverty]

The question of free will is insoluble on strictly psychological grounds.
      - [Free Will]

The true is the name of whatever proves itself to be good in the way of belief, and good, too, for definite, assignable reasons.
      - [Truth]

The union of the mathematician with the poet, fervor with measure, passion with correctness, this surely is the ideal.
      - [Mathematics]

There is only one thing a philosopher can be relied upon to do, and that is to contradict other philosophers.
      - [Philosophers]

There is such a choice of difficulties, that I own myself at a loss how to determine.
      - [Difficulties]

To give up pretensions is as blessed a relief as to get them gratified.
      - [Pretension]

Voices of the glorified urge us onward. They who have passed from the semblances of time to the realities of eternity call upon us to advance. The rest that awaits us invites us forward. We do not pine for our rest before God wills it. We long for no inglorious rest. We are thankful rather for the invaluable training of difficulty, the loving discipline of danger and strife. Yet in the midst of it all the prospect of rest invites us heavenward. Through all, and above all, God cries, "Go forward!" "Come up higher!"
      - [Spirituality]

We have nothing to do but to receive, resting absolutely upon the merit, power, and love of our Redeemer.
      - [Faith in Christ]

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

We need only in cold blood to act as if the thing in question were real and it will infallibly end by growing into such a connection with our life that it will become real.
      - [Reality]

We want all our friends to tell us our bad qualities; it is only the particular ass that does so whom we can't tolerate.
      - [Candor]

When once a decision is reached and execution is the order of the day, dismiss absolutely all responsibility and care about the outcome.
      - [Decision]

Whenever two people meet there are really six present. There is each man as he sees himself, each man as the other person sees him, and each man as he really is.
      - [Perception]

Where quality is the thing sought after, the thing of supreme quality is cheap, whatever the price one has to pay for it.
      - [Quality]

With mere good intentions, hell is proverbially paved.
      - [Intention]

The moral flabbiness born of the exclusive worship of the bitch-goddess Success.
      - Letters of William James (vol. II, p. 260),
        in a letter to H.G. Wells,September 11, 1906
        [Success]

The simplest rudiment of mystical experience would seem to be that deepened sense of the significance of a maxim or formula which occasionally sweeps over one.
      - Varieties of Religious Experience
        [Natural Law]


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