William James Quotes

A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices. William James

There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision. William James

The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook. William James

The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind. William James

He who refuses to embrace a unique opportunity loses the prize as surely as if he had failed. William James

To change one’s life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions. William James

We have grown literally afraid to be poor. We despise anyone who elects to be poor in order to simplify and save his inner life. If he does not join the general scramble and pant with the money-making street, we deem him spiritless and lacking in ambition. William James

There is no worse lie than a truth misunderstood by those who hear it. William James

We forget that every good that is worth possessing must be paid for in strokes of daily effort. William James

Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second. Give your dreams all you’ve got and you’ll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you. William James

The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated. William James

The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another. William James

The world is all the richer for having a devil in it, so long as we keep our foot upon his neck. William James

Every man who possibly can should force himself to a holiday of a full month in a year, whether he feels like taking it or not. William James