January 11, 1842 - August 26, 1910


74 Greatest Quotes By William James

If you can change your mind, you can change your life. William James
If any organism fails to fulfill its potentialities, it becomes sick. William James
Common sense is BETTER for one sphere of life, science for another, philosophic criticism for a third; but whether either be TRUER absolutely, Heaven only knows. William James
The greatest use of a life is to spend it on something that will outlast it. William James
If you want a quality, act as if you already had it. William James
The attempt at introspective analysis... is in fact like seizing a spinning top to catch its motion, or trying to turn up the gas quickly enough to see the darkness. William James
Do every day or two something for no other reason than its difficulty. William James
Action may not bring happiness but there is no happiness without action. William James
Thoughts become perception, perception becomes reality. Alter your thoughts, alter your reality. William James
Once a decision is reached, stop worrying and start working. William James
Man can change his life simply by changing his attitude. William James
I don't sing because I'm happy; I'm happy because I sing. William James
The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated. William James
It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome. William James
The aim of a college education is to teach you to know a good man when you see one. William James
There is but one cause of human failure. And that is man's lack of faith in his true Self. William James
Circumstance does not make me, it reveals me. William James
There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision. William James
To study the abnormal is the best way of understanding the normal. William James
A chain is no stronger than its weakest link, and life is after all a chain. William James
One hearty laugh together will bring enemies into a closer communion of heart than hours spent on both sides in inward wrestling with the mental demon of uncharitable feeling. William James
You can alter your life by altering the state of your mind. William James
A man may not achieve everything he has dreamed, but he will never achieve anything great without having dreamed it first. William James
Real servants don't try to use God for their purposes. They let God use them for His purposes. William James
A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices. William James
What holds attention determines action. William James
To kill time is not murder, it's suicide. William James
If you believe that feeling bad or worrying long enough will change a past or future event, then you are residing on another planet with a different reality system. William James
Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact. William James
The minute a man ceases to grow, no matter what his years, that minute he begins to be old. William James
The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another. William James
There is nothing so absurd that it cannot be believed as truth if repeated often enough. William James
There is only one thing a philosopher can be relied upon to do, and that is to contradict other philosophers. William James
Most unhappiness is caused because people listen to themselves... instead of talking to themselves. William James
إن بيننا وبين الله رابطة لا تنفصم، فإذا نحن أخضعنا أنفسنا لإشرافه - سبحانه وتعالى - تحققت أمنياتنا وآمالنا كلها. William James
We have to live today by what truth we can get today and be ready tomorrow to call it falsehood. William James
The good we do today becomes the happiness of tomorrow. William James
Begin to be now what you will be hereafter. William James
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
We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep. William James
If you care enough for a result, you will most certainly attain it. William James
To change ones life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. William James
Why may we not be in the universe, as our dogs and cats are in our drawingrooms and libraries? William James
A winner's attitude: it may be difficult, but it's possible. A loser's attitude: It may be possible, but it's too difficult. William James
The love of life, at any and every level of development, is the religious impulse. William James
Is life worth living? It all depends on the liver. William James
Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task. William James
A sense of humor is just common sense dancing. William James
Formula to live your dream: 1. Be bold. 2. Begin now, 3. No exceptions. William James
Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power. William James
Most people live, whether physically, intellectually or morally, in a very restricted circle of their potential being. William James