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 5
Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.
We are all potentially such sick men. The sanest and best of us are of one clay with lunatics and prison-inmates. And whenever we feel this, such a sense of the vanity of our voluntary career comes over us, that all our morality appears as a plaster hiding a sore it can never cure, and all our well-doing as the hollowest substitute for that well-being that our lives ought to be grounded in, but alas! are not so.
Real culture lives by sympathies and admirations, not by dislikes and disdains; under all misleading wrappings it pounces unerringly upon the human core.
There is only one thing a philosopher can be relied upon to do, and that is to contradict other philosophers.
The union of the mathematician with the poet, fervor with measure, passion with correctness, this surely is the ideal.
To change your life: Start immediately; Do it flamboyantly; No exceptions.
The emotions aren't always immediately subject to reason, but they are always immediately subject to action.
Men habitually use only a small part of the power which they actually possess.
This life is worth living, we can say, since it is what we make it, from the moral point of view.
Whereever you are it is your own friends who make your world.
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