William James Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old William James quotes, William James sayings, and William James proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


We are spinning our own fates, good or evil, never to be undone.

William James

We forget that every good that is worth possessing must be paid for in strokes of daily effort. We postpone and postpone, until those smiling possibilities are dead.     

William James

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

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It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect It's successful outcome.

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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

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

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

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

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

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Faith means belief in something concerning which doubt is theoretically possible.

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There is but one cause of human failure. And that is man's lack of faith in his true self.

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Faith means belief in something concerning which doubt is theoretically possible.

William James

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

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

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Our colleges ought to have lit up in us a lasting relish for he better kind of man, a loss of appetite for mediocrities.     

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The aim of a college education is to teach you to know a good man when you see one.     

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Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.     

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

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Man can alter his life by altering his thinking.

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When you have to make a choice and don't make it, that is in itself a choice.

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To change ones life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly.     

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Science, like life, feeds on its own decay. New facts burst old rules; then newly divined conceptions bind old and new together into a reconciling law.     

William James

Most people never run far enough on the 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.

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When you have to make a choice and don't make it, that is in itself a choice.

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To give up pretensions is as blessed a relief as to get them ratified.

William James

Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.     

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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.

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The greatest discovery of our generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind. As you think, so shall you be.     

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The sway of alcohol over mankind is unquestionably due to its power to stimulate the mystical faculties of human nature.     

William James

Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.

William James