Quotes by William James

The greatest discovery of my generation is that man can alter his life simply by altering his attitude of mind.
– William James

A cowboy is a man with guts and a horse.
– William James

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

The emotions aren’t always immediately subject to reason, but they are always immediately subject to action.
– William James

It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult undertaking which, more than anything else, will determine its successful outcome.
– William James

The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated.
– 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

Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.
– William James

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

We don’t laugh because we’re happy, we’re happy because we laugh.
– William James

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
– William James

If you care enough for a result, you will most certainly attain it.
– 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

Wherever you are, it is your friends who make your world.
– William James

To change ones life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly.
– William James

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If you want a quality, act as if you already have it.
– William James

There is no worse lie than a truth misunderstood by those who hear it.
– William James

Anything you may hold firmly in your imagination can be yours.
– William James

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

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

Whenever two people meet, there are really six people present. There is each man as he sees himself, each man as the other person sees him, and each man as he really is.
– William James

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

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

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

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