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

Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.
– 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

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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