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 like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.     

William James

It would probably astound each of us beyond measure to be let into his neighbors mind and to find how different the scenery was there from that of his own.     

William James

Our view of the world is truly shaped by what we decide to hear.     

William James

Pessimism leads to weakness. Optimism leads to power.     

William James

The question of free will is insoluble on strictly psychological grounds.     

William James

There is nothing so absurd that it cannot be believed as truth if repeated often enough.     

William James

There's nothing so absurd that if you repeat it often enough, people will believe it.     

William James

The total possible consciousness may be split into parts which co-exist but mutually ignore each other.     

William James

In the practical use of our intellect, forgetting is as important as remembering.     

William James

The path to cheerfulness is to sit cheerfully and to act and speak as if cheerfulness were already there.     

William James

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

William James

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

William James

A chain is no stronger than its weakest link, and life is after all a chain.     

William James

The sovereign cure for worry is prayer.     

William James

In any project, the most important factor is the belief in success. Without faith, success is impossible.     

William James

The union of the mathematician with the poet, fervor with measure, passion with correctness, this surely is the ideal.     

William James

We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.     

William James

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

William James

A chain is no stronger than its weakest link, and life is after all a chain.     

William James

Strength is a facade for the proud, weakness is a mask for the lazy.     

William James

Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.     

William James

The lunatic's visions of horror are all drawn from the material of daily fact.     

William James

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

William James

No particular results then, so far, but only an attitude of orientation, is what the pragmatic method means. The attitude of looking away from first things, principles, 'categories,' supposed necessities; and of looking towards last things, fruits, consequences, facts.     

William James

The real ground for supposing free-will is indeed pragmatic, but it has nothing to do with this contemptible right to punish.      

William James

From a pragmatic point of view, the difference between living against a background of foreigness (an indifferent Universe) and one of intimacy (a benevolent Universe) means the difference between a general habit of wariness and one of trust.     

William James