William James

William James Quotes and Sayings

William James US Pragmatist philosopher & psychologist (1842 - 1910)

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

He who refuses to embrace a unique opportunity loses the prize as surely as if he had failed. ~William James

The community stagnates without the impulse of the individual. The impulse dies away without the sympathy of the community. ~William James

The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it. ~William James

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

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

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