William James Quotations

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

-The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.

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

-The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.

-The stream of thought flows on; but most of its segments fall into the bottomless abyss of oblivion. Of some, no memory survives the instant of their passage. Of others, it is confined to a few moments, hours or days. Others, again, leave vestiges which are indestructible, and by means of which they may be recalled as long as life endures.

-When you stop trying, you stop growing. Keep the facility of effort alive in you by a little gratuitous exercise every day.

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

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

-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.

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

-There is no worse lie than a truth misunderstood by those who hear it.

-It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which more than anything else will affect its successful outcome.
William James