William James Quotes

William James (1842 – 1910) was an American philosopher, psychologist and author. His most influential books were about educational psychology, philosophy of pragmatism, psychology of mysticism and religion.

“The Sentiment of Rationality”, “The Meaning of Truth”, “Remarks on Spencer’s Definition of Mind as Correspondence”, “Philosophical Conceptions and Practical Results” are some of his well-known works.

William James Quotes

An idea, to be suggestive, must come to the individual with the force of revelation.

— William James

The instinct of ownership is fundamental in man’s nature.

— William James, The Variety of Religious Experience, 1902

The first thing to learn in intercourse with others is non-interference with their own particular ways of being happy, provided those ways do not assume to interfere by violence with ours.

— William James

Wisdom is learning what to overlook.

— William James

I don’t sing because I’m happy; I’m happy because I sing.

— William James

Action may not bring happiness but there is no happiness without action.

— William James

If you care enough for a result, you will most certainly attain it.

— William James

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

— William James

Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.

— William James

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

— William James

Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second.

— William James