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William James Quotes: "Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact."

Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.




William James Quotes: "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"

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



William James Quotes: "There are no differences but differences of degree between different degrees of difference and no difference."

There are no differences but differences of degree between different degrees of difference and no difference.



William James Quotes: "The art of being wise is knowing what to overlook."

The art of being wise is knowing what to overlook.




William James Quotes: "Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequence of any misfortune."

Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequence of any misfortune.



William James Quotes: "How to gain, how to keep, how to recover happiness is in fact for most men at all times the secret motive of all they do, and of all they are willing to endure."

How to gain, how to keep, how to recover happiness is in fact for most men at all times the secret motive of all they do, and of all they are willing to endure.



William James Quotes: "Our intelligence cannot wall itself up alive, like a pupa in a chrysalis. It must at any cost keep on speaking terms with the universe that engendered it."

Our intelligence cannot wall itself up alive, like a pupa in a chrysalis. It must at any cost keep on speaking terms with the universe that engendered it.




William James Quotes: "There is but one cause of human failure. And that is man's lack of faith in his true Self."

There is but one cause of human failure. And that is man's lack of faith in his true Self.



William James Quotes: "Faith means belief in something concerning which doubt is theoretically possible."

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



William James Quotes: "Why may we not be in the universe, as our dogs and cats are in our drawingrooms and libraries?"

Why may we not be in the universe, as our dogs and cats are in our drawingrooms and libraries?



William James Quotes: "It is only by risking our persons from one hour to another that we live at all. And often enough our faith beforehand in an uncertified result is the only thing that makes the result come true."

It is only by risking our persons from one hour to another that we live at all. And often enough our faith beforehand in an uncertified result is the only thing that makes the result come true.



William James Quotes: "With mere good intentions hell is proverbially paved."

With mere good intentions hell is proverbially paved.




William James Quotes: "The unrest which keeps the never-stopping clock metaphysics going is the thought that the non-existence of this world is just as possible as its existence."

The unrest which keeps the never-stopping clock metaphysics going is the thought that the non-existence of this world is just as possible as its existence.



William James Quotes: "Impulse without reason is not enough and reason without impulse is a poor makeshift."

Impulse without reason is not enough and reason without impulse is a poor makeshift.



William James Quotes: "Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power."

Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.



William James Quotes: "Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does."

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.



William James Quotes: "To change one’s life: 1. Start immediately. 2. Do it flamboyantly. 3. No exceptions."

To change one’s life: 1. Start immediately. 2. Do it flamboyantly. 3. No exceptions.



William James Quotes: "You are going to get over it sooner or later so get over it now."

You are going to get over it sooner or later so get over it now.



William James Quotes: "Life is one long struggle between conclusions based on abstract ways of conceiving cases and opposite conclusions prompted by our instinctive perception of them."

Life is one long struggle between conclusions based on abstract ways of conceiving cases and opposite conclusions prompted by our instinctive perception of them.



William James Quotes: "The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated."

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



William James Quotes: "Action may not always bring happiness but there is no happiness without action."

Action may not always bring happiness but there is no happiness without action.



William James Quotes: "Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune."

Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.



William James Quotes: "We know the meaning so long as no one asks us to define it."

We know the meaning so long as no one asks us to define it.



William James Quotes: "Man lives by habits indeed but what he lives for is thrill and excitements. ... From time immemorial war has been ... the supremely thrilling excitement."

Man lives by habits indeed but what he lives for is thrill and excitements. ... From time immemorial war has been ... the supremely thrilling excitement.



William James Quotes: "If you want a quality act as if you already had it."

If you want a quality act as if you already had it.



William James Quotes: "The thinker philosophizes as the lover loves. Even were the consequences not only useless but harmful he must obey his impulse."

The thinker philosophizes as the lover loves. Even were the consequences not only useless but harmful he must obey his impulse.



William James Quotes: "Whenever you're in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude."

Whenever you're in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude.



William James Quotes: "Truth is what works."

Truth is what works.



William James Quotes: "We are all ready to be savage in some cause. The difference between a good man and a bad one is the choice of the cause."

We are all ready to be savage in some cause. The difference between a good man and a bad one is the choice of the cause.



William James Quotes: "If merely 'feeling good' could decide, drunkenness would be the supremely valid human experience."

If merely 'feeling good' could decide, drunkenness would be the supremely valid human experience.



William James Quotes: "To change ones life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly."

To change ones life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly.



William James Quotes: "Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create that fact."

Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create that fact.



William James Quotes: "Our belief at the beginning of a doubtful undertaking is the one thing that ensures the successful outcome of our venture."

Our belief at the beginning of a doubtful undertaking is the one thing that ensures the successful outcome of our venture.



William James Quotes: "There is something almost shocking in the notion of so chaste a function carrying this Kantian hurlyburly in her womb."

There is something almost shocking in the notion of so chaste a function carrying this Kantian hurlyburly in her womb.



William James Quotes: "Lives based on having are less free than lives based either on doing or on being."

Lives based on having are less free than lives based either on doing or on being.



William James Quotes: "It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome."

It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.



William James Quotes: "The first thing to learn in intercourse with others is non-interference with their own peculiar ways of being happy provided those ways do not assume to interfere with ours."

The first thing to learn in intercourse with others is non-interference with their own peculiar ways of being happy provided those ways do not assume to interfere with ours.



William James Quotes: "Time itself comes in drops."

Time itself comes in drops.



William James Quotes: "Psychology is the science of mental life"

Psychology is the science of mental life



William James Quotes: "Most men's friendships are too inarticulate."

Most men's friendships are too inarticulate.



William James Quotes: "Need and struggle are what excite and inspire us our hour of triumph is what brings the void."

Need and struggle are what excite and inspire us our hour of triumph is what brings the void.



William James Quotes: "Great emergencies and crises show us how much greater our vital resources are than we had supposed."

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



William James Quotes: "Be willing to have it so acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune."

Be willing to have it so acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.



William James Quotes: "An outree explanation, violating all our preconceptions, would never pass for a true account of a novelty. We should scratch round industriously till we found something less excentric."

An outree explanation, violating all our preconceptions, would never pass for a true account of a novelty. We should scratch round industriously till we found something less excentric.



William James Quotes: "The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human can alter his life by altering his attitude."

The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human can alter his life by altering his attitude.



William James Quotes: "The greatest discovery of my generation is that man can alter his life simply by altering his attitude of mind."

The greatest discovery of my generation is that man can alter his life simply by altering his attitude of mind.



William James Quotes: "The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another."

The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.



William James Quotes: "A man's Self is the sum total of all that he can call his, not only his body and his psychic powers, but his clothes and his house."

A man's Self is the sum total of all that he can call his, not only his body and his psychic powers, but his clothes and his house.



William James Quotes: "The greatest discovery of our generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind. As you think, so shall you be."

The greatest discovery of our generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind. As you think, so shall you be.