American philosopher, psychologist, and pragmatist
William James was an American philosopher, historian, and psychologist, and the first educator to offer a psychology course in the United States.
James is considered to be a leading thinker of the late 19th century, one of the most influential philosophers of the United States, and the "Father of American psychology".
William James Quotes Page 8
The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.
Religion ... shall mean for us the feelings, acts and experiences of individual men in their solitude.
Compared to what we ought to be, we are half awake.
Faith means belief in something concerning which doubt is still theoretically possible ... faith is the readiness to act in a cause the prosperous issue of which is not certified to us in advance.
Modern man ... has not ceased to be credulous ... the need to believe haunts him.
Whenever two men meet there are really six people present. There is each man as he sees himself, each man was the other sees him, and each man as he really is.
The whole drift of my education goes to persuade me that the world of our present consciousness is only one out of many worlds of consciousness that exist.
Truth happens to an idea. It becomes true, is made true by events. Its verity is in fact an event, a process: the process namely of its verifying itself, its veri-fication. Its validity is the process of its valid-ation.
Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.
The deepest craving in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.
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