William James

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  • ''To be 'conscious' means not simply to be, but to be reported, known, to have awareness of one's being added to that being.''
    William James (1842-1910), U.S. philosopher, psychologist. Originally published in Journal of Philosophy (1905). "How Two Minds Can Know the Same Thing," Essays in Radical Empiricism, 1912.
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  • ''Those thoughts are truth which guide us to beneficial interaction with sensible particulars as they occur, whether they copy these in advance or not.''
    William James (1842-1910), U.S. philosopher, psychologist. Originally published in Mind (1904). "Humanism and Truth," The Meaning of Truth, New York (1909).
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  • ''True to her inveterate habit, rationalism reverts to 'principles,' and thinks that when an abstraction once is named, we own an oracular solution.''
    William James (1842-1910), U.S. philosopher, psychologist. Originally published 1907. Pragmatism, lecture 6, Meridian Books (1955).
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  • ''Far from being antecedent principles that animate the process, law, language, truth are but abstract names for its results.''
    William James (1842-1910), U.S. philosopher, psychologist. Originally published 1907. Pragmatism, lecture 7, Meridian Books (1955).
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  • ''The history of philosophy is to a great extent that of a certain clash of human temperaments.''
    William James (1842-1910), U.S. philosopher, psychologist. Originally published 1907. Pragmatism, lecture 1, Meridian Books (1955).
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  • ''The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.''
    William James (1842-1910), U.S. psychologist, philosopher. Principles of Psychology, vol. 2, ch. 22 (1890).
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  • ''Metaphysics means nothing but an unusually obstinate effort to think clearly.''
    William James (1842-1910), U.S. psychologist, philosopher. Principles of Psychology, vol. 1, ch. 6 (1890).
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  • ''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 (1842-1910), U.S. psychologist, philosopher. Principles of Psychology, vol. 1, ch. 4 (1890).
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  • ''The moral flabbiness born of the exclusive worship of the bitch-goddess SUCCESS. That—with the squalid cash interpretation put on the word success—is our national disease.''
    William James (1843-1916), U.S. psychologist, philosopher. letter, Sept. 11, 1906, to H.G. Wells. The Letters of William James, vol. 2 (1920).
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  • ''To be a real philosopher all that is necessary is to hate some one else's type of thinking.''
    William James (1842-1910), U.S. psychologist, philosopher. Letter, January 29, 1909. The Letters of William James, vol. 2 (1920).
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Best Poem of William James

Hand In Hand

Hand in hand
write in the sand
what you feel
Did time heal
all the wounds
How many moons
must eclipse
before your lips
are warm not cold
from lies once told
I give my heart
to play the part
to dry your tears
and chase the fears
til we go on
hand in hand.

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Hand In Hand

Hand in hand
write in the sand
what you feel
Did time heal
all the wounds
How many moons
must eclipse
before your lips
are warm not cold
from lies once told
I give my heart
to play the part
to dry your tears
and chase the fears
til we go on
hand in hand.

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