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    The greatest use of a life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.
    — William James
    Action may not bring happiness but there is no happiness without action.
    — William James
    tags: happiness  action 
     
    Action seems to follow feeling, but really action and feeling go together; and by regulating the action, which is under the more direct control of the will, we can indirectly regulate the feeling, which is not.
    — William James
    tags: action  control 
     
    Be willing to have it so. Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.
    — William James
    The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.
    — William James
    Everyone knows that on any given day there are energies slumbering in him which the incitement's of that day do not call forth. Compared with what we ought to be, we are only half awake. The human individual usually lives far within his limits.
    — William James
    tags: live  human  energy  awake 
     
    Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second.
    — William James
    tags: people 
     
    Wisdom is learning what to overlook.
    — William James
    tags: wisdom  learning 
     
    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
    tags: reality  future  past  believe  bad 
     
    Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
    — William James
    We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.
    — William James
    The exercise of prayer, in those who habitually exert it, must be regarded by us doctors as the most adequate and normal of all the pacifiers of the mind and calmers of the nerves.
    — William James
    tags: prayer  mind  exercise  doctor 
     
    If you can change your mind, you can change your life.
    — William James
    tags: mind 
     
    The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.
    — William James
    tags: thoughts  stress 
     
    The sovereign cure for worry is prayer.
    — William James
    tags: worries  prayer 
     
    Habit simplifies our movements, makes them accurate, and diminishes fatigue.
    — William James
    To kill time is not murder, it's suicide.
    — William James
    tags: time  suicide  murder 
     
    The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.
    — William James
    tags: nature  human 
     
    A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.
    — William James
    Human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.
    — William James
    tags: live  attitude  human  mind 
     
    If you care enough for a result, you will most certainly attain it.
    — William James
    tags: care 
     
    The function of ignoring, of inattention, is as vital a factor in mental progress as the function of attention itself.
    — 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
    tags: belief  fear  past  world  mind 
     
    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
    Could the young but realize how soon they will become mere walking bundles of habits, they would give more heed to their conduct while in the plastic state.
    — William James
    tags: young 
     
    Circumstance does not make me, it reveals me.
    — William James
    In any project the important factor is your belief. Without belief, there can be no successful outcome.
    — William James
    tags: belief  successful 
     
    A man has as many social selves as there are individuals who recognize him.
    — William James
    tags: men  self 
     
    The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes.
    — William James
    Positive images of the future are a powerful and magnetic force... They draw us on and energize us, give us courage and will to take on important initiatives. Negative images of the future also have a magnetism. They pull the spirit downward in the path of despair..
    — William James
    Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.
    — William James
    tags: power  weakness 
     
    Effort is the one strictly undervalued and original contribution we make to this world.
    — William James
    tags: world 
     
    Most unhappiness is caused because people listen to themselves... instead of talking to themselves.
    — William James
    tags: people 
     
    Each of us literally chooses, by his way of attending to things, what sort of universe he shall appear to himself to inhabit.
    — William James
    tags: universe 
     
    As we take, in fact, a general view of the wonderful stream of our consciousness, what strikes us first is this different pace of its parts. Like a bird 's life, it seems to be made of an alternation of flights and perchings.
    — William James
    tags: facts 
     
    The good we do today becomes the happiness of tomorrow.
    — William James
    A sense of humor is just common sense dancing.
    — William James
    tags: humor 
     
    One of the greatest discoveries of our time is that a man can alter the state of their life by altering the state of their mind.
    — William James
    tags: time  men  discovery  mind 
     
    The great thing, then, in all education, is to make our nervous system our ally instead of our enemy.
    — William James
    tags: enemies  enemy  education 
     
    I don't sing because I'm happy; I'm happy because I sing.
    — William James
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    william james
    Birth    : January 11, 1842
    Death  : August 26, 1910
    Occupation  : Philosopher