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.—
A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.—
Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second.—
Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.—
If you care enough for a result, you will most certainly attain it.—
Wisdom is learning what to overlook.—
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.—
The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude.—
I don’t sing because I’m happy; I’m happy because I sing.—
The instinct of ownership is fundamental in man’s nature.— , The Variety of Religious Experience, 1902
Action may not bring happiness but there is no happiness without action.—