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About William James
William James was an American philosopher and psychologist widely regarded as one of the most influential philosophers in the history of the United States. His brilliant work in psychology gave birth to his nickname the Father of American psychology. During his lifetime he wrote several influential books in the field of psychology such as The Principles of Psychology and Essays in Radical Empiricism.
He was the son of Henry James Sr. and Mary Robertson Walsh. He had four siblings. He married Alice Howe Gibbens in May 1878 and fathered 5 children with her.
He was the brother of the famous writer Henry James.
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Famous quotes by William James
'Pure experience' is the name I gave to the immediate flux of life which furnishes the material to our later reflection with its conceptual categories.William James
A chain is no stronger than its weakest link, and life is after all a chain.William James
A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.William James
Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.William James
Action may not bring happiness but there is no happiness without action.William James
Begin to be now what you will be hereafter.William James
Belief creates the actual fact.William James
Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.William James
Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.William James
Faith means belief in something concerning which doubt is theoretically possible.William James
Great emergencies and crises show us how much greater our vital resources are than we had supposed.William James
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
If merely 'feeling good' could decide, drunkenness would be the supremely valid human experience.William James
If the grace of God miraculously operates, it probably operates through the subliminal door.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
If you care enough for a result, you will most certainly attain it.William James
If you want a quality, act as if you already had it.William James
In business for yourself, not by yourself.William James
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, and directly perceive how events happen, and how work is actually done.William James
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
It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.William James
It is well for the world that in most of us, by the age of thirty, the character has set like plaster, and will never soften again.William James
Knowledge about life is one thing effective occupation of a place in life, with its dynamic currents passing through your being, is another.William James
Man lives for science as well as bread.William James
Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second.William James
No matter how full a reservoir of maxims one may possess, and no matter how good one's sentiments may be, if one has not taken advantage of every concrete opportunity to act, one's character may remain entirely unaffected for the better.William James
Our faith is faith in someone else's faith, and in the greatest matters this is most the case.William James
Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.William James
Success or failure depends more upon attitude than upon capacity successful men act as though they have accomplished or are enjoying something. Soon it becomes a reality. Act, look, feel successful, conduct yourself accordingly, and you will be amazed at the positive results.William James
The aim of a college education is to teach you to know a good man when you see one.William James
The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.William James
The best argument I know for an immortal life is the existence of a man who deserves one.William James
The community stagnates without the impulse of the individual. The impulse dies away without the sympathy of the community.William James
The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.William James
The god whom science recognizes must be a God of universal laws exclusively, a God who does a wholesale, not a retail business. He cannot accommodate his processes to the convenience of individuals.William James
The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.William James
The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes.William James
The history of philosophy is to a great extent that of a certain clash of human temperaments.William James
The ideas gained by men before they are twenty-five are practically the only ideas they shall have in their lives.William James
The sway of alcohol over mankind is unquestionably due to its power to stimulate the mystical faculties of human nature, usually crushed to earth by the cold facts and dry criticisms of the sober hour.William James
The world we see that seems so insane is the result of a belief system that is not working. To perceive the world differently, we must be willing to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our sense of now, and dissolve the fear in our minds.William James
There is but one cause of human failure. And that is man's lack of faith in his true Self.William James
There must be something solemn, serious, and tender about any attitude which we denominate religious. If glad, it must not grin or snicker if sad, it must not scream or curse.William James
This life is worth living, we can say, since it is what we make it.William James
Those thoughts are truth which guide us to beneficial interaction with sensible particulars as they occur, whether they copy these in advance or not.William James
Time itself comes in drops.William James
To change ones life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly.William James
To study the abnormal is the best way of understanding the normal.William James
Truth is what works.William James
Truth lives, in fact, for the most part on a credit system. Our thoughts and beliefs pass, so long as nothing challenges them, just as bank-notes pass so long as nobody refuses them.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 have to live today by what truth we can get today and be ready tomorrow to call it falsehood.William James
Whatever universe a professor believes in must at any rate be a universe that lends itself to lengthy discourse. A universe definable in two sentences is something for which the professorial intellect has no use. No faith in anything of that cheap kind!William James
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
Wisdom is learning what to overlook.William James
F.A.Q. about William James
When is his birthday?
William James' birthday is on January 11, 1842.
In how many days is his birthday?
William's birthday is in 111 days
How old was William when he died?
He was 68 years old.
When did he die?
He died in August 26, 1910.
How old would he be today?
William James would be 179 years old if he was alive today.
Where was William from?
He was born in New York City, New York, U.S..
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