William James

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William James (January 11, 1842 – August 26, 1910) was an American philosopher and psychologist who was also trained as a physician. The first educator to offer a psychology course in the United States, James was one of the leading thinkers of the late nineteenth century and is believed by many to be one of the most influential philosophers the United States has ever produced, while others have labelled him the "Father of American psychology". Along with Charles Sanders Peirce and John Dewey, he is considered to be one of the major figures associated with the philosophical school known as pragmatism, and is also cited as one of the founders of functional psychology. A Review of General Psychology survey, published in 2002, ranked James as the 14th most cited psychologist of the 20th century. He also developed the philosophical perspective known as radical empiricism. James' work has i... More

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William James #Age

Photo of William James It is well for the world that in most of us, by the age of thirty, the character has set like plaster, and will never soften again.
William James #Attitude #Sad

Photo of William James There must be something solemn, serious, and tender about any attitude which we denominate religious. If glad, it must not grin or snicker if sad, it must not scream or curse.
William James #Best

Photo of William James To study the abnormal is the best way of understanding the normal.
William James #Best

Photo of William James The best argument I know for an immortal life is the existence of a man who deserves one.
William James #Business

Photo of William James In business for yourself, not by yourself.
William James #Change #Future

Photo of William James 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.
William James #Change #Life

Photo of William James To change ones life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly.
William James #Education #Good

Photo of William James The aim of a college education is to teach you to know a good man when you see one.
William James #Experience #Good

Photo of William James If merely 'feeling good' could decide, drunkenness would be the supremely valid human experience.
William James #Failure #Faith

Photo of William James There is but one cause of human failure. And that is man's lack of faith in his true Self.
William James #Faith

Photo of William James Faith means belief in something concerning which doubt is theoretically possible.
William James #Faith

Photo of William James Our faith is faith in someone else's faith, and in the greatest matters this is most the case.
William James #Faith

Photo of William James It is only by risking our persons from one hour to another that we live at all. And often enough our faith beforehand in an uncertified result is the only thing that makes the result come true.
William James #God

Photo of William James If the grace of God miraculously operates, it probably operates through the subliminal door.
William James #Great

Photo of William James A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.
William James #Great

Photo of William James Great emergencies and crises show us how much greater our vital resources are than we had supposed.
William James #Great #History

Photo of William James The history of philosophy is to a great extent that of a certain clash of human temperaments.
William James #Happiness

Photo of William James Action may not bring happiness but there is no happiness without action.
William James #Humor

Photo of 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 #Inspirational

Photo of William James Belief creates the actual fact.
William James #Knowledge

Photo of William James Knowledge about life is one thing effective occupation of a place in life, with its dynamic currents passing through your being, is another.
William James #Leadership

Photo of William James If you care enough for a result, you will most certainly attain it.
William James #Learning #Wisdom

Photo of William James Wisdom is learning what to overlook.
William James #Art #Wisdom

Photo of William James The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
William James #Life

Photo of William James Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.