William James Quotes

When a thing is new, people say 'It is not true.' Later, when its truth becomes obvious, they say 'It is not important.' Finally, when its importance cannot be denied, they say 'Anyway, it is not new.'

~ William James

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

~ William James

The man whose acquisitions stick is the man who is always achieving and advancing whilst his neighbors, spending most of their time in relearning what they once knew but have forgotten, simply hold their own.

~ William James

Religion, whatever it is, is a man's total reaction upon life.

~ William James

A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely re-arranging their prejudices.

~ William James

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

~ William James

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

~ William James

Religion is the monumental chapter in the history of human egotism.

~ William James

There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision.

~ William James

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

~ William James

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