Quotes by William James

A great many people think they are thinking when they are really rearranging their prejudices.


As a rule we disbelieve all the facts and theories for which we have no use.


Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.


Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.


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


The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind.


The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.


The stream of thought flows on; but most of its segments fall into the bottomless abyss of oblivion. Of some, no memory survives the instant of their passage. Of others, it is confined to a few moments, hours or days. Others, again, leave vestiges which are indestructible, and by means of which they may be recalled as long as life endures.


There is only one thing a philosopher can be relied upon to do, and that is to contradict other philosophers.


Whenever two people meet, there are really six people present. There is each man as he sees himself, each man as the other person sees him, and each man as he really is.