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WILLIAM JAMES
American philosopher and psychologist
(1842 - 1910)
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Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.
      - [Acceptance : Misfortune]

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
      - [Action]

An idea, to be suggestive, must come to the individual with the force of a revelation.
      - [Ideas]

As a rule we disbelieve all facts and theories for which we have no use.
      - [Disbelief]

Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.
      - [Belief]

Each of us is in fact what he is almost exclusively by virtue of his imitativeness.
      - [Imitation]

Each of us literally chooses, by his way of attending to things, what sort of universe he shall appear to himself to inhabit.
      - [Choice]

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

First, you know, a new theory is attacked as absurd; then it is admitted to be true, but obvious and insignificant; finally it is seen to be so important that its adversaries claim that they themselves discovered it.
      - [Theories]

Genius means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way.
      - [Genius]

Human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.
      - [Attitude]

I don't see how an epigram, being a bolt from the blue, with no introduction or cue, ever gets itself writ.
      - [Epigrams]

If merely "feeling good" could decide, drunkenness would be the supremely valid human experience.
      - [Drunkenness]

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.
      - [Individuality]

Man, biologically considered, and whatever else he may be in the bargain, is simply the most formidable of all the beasts of prey, and, indeed, the only one that preys systematically on its own species.
      - [Man]

Much of what we call evil can often be converted into a bracing and tonic good by a simple change of the sufferer's inner attitude from one of fear to one of fight.
      - [Evil]

Our belief at the beginning of a doubtful undertaking is the one thing that assures the successful outcome of any venture.
      - [Belief]

Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.
      - [Optimism : Pessimism]

Religion is a monumental chapter in the history of human egotism.
      - [Religion]

Religious awe is the same organic thrill which we feel in a forest at twilight, or in a mountain gorge.
      - [Awe]

Sobriety diminishes, discriminates, and says no; drunkenness expands, unites, and says yes. Not through mere perversity do men run after it.
      - [Sobriety]

The art of becoming wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
      - [Wisdom]

The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.
      - [Appreciation]

The emotions aren't always immediately subject to reason, but they are always immediately subject to action.
      - [Emotion]

The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.
      - [Life]


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