William James

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William James Quotes

  • ''What every genuine philosopher (every genuine man, in fact) craves most is praise—although the philosophers generally call it "recognition"!''
    William James (1842-1910), U.S. psychologist, philosopher. Letter, June 13, 1907, to philosopher Henri Bergson. The Letters of William James, vol. 2 (1920).
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  • ''Our esteem for facts has not neutralized in us all religiousness. It is itself almost religious. Our scientific temper is devout.''
    William James (1842-1910), U.S. psychologist, philosopher. "The Present Dilemma in Philosophy," lecture 1, Pragmatism (1907).
  • ''A man has as many social selves as there are individuals who recognize him.''
    William James (1842-1910), U.S. psychologist, philosopher. The Principles of Psychology, vol. 1, ch. 10 (1890).
  • ''No more fiendish punishment could be devised, were such a thing physically possible, than that one should be turned loose in society and remain absolutely unnoticed.''
    William James (1842-1910), U.S. psychologist, philosopher. The Principles of Psychology, vol. 1, ch. 10 (1980).
  • ''The bottom of being is left logically opaque to us, as something which we simply come upon and find, and about which (if we wish to act) we should pause and wonder as little as possible.''
    William James (1842-1910), U.S. philosopher, psychologist. Originally published in Princeton Review (1882). "The Sentiment of Rationality," repr. In Essays in Pragmatism, Hafner Publishing (1948).
  • ''Faith is synonymous with working hypothesis.''
    William James (1842-1910), U.S. philosopher, psychologist. Originally published in Princeton Review (1882). "The Sentiment of Rationality," repr. In Essays in Pragmatism, Hafner Publishing (1948).
  • ''The subjectivist in morals, when his moral feelings are at war with the facts about him, is always free to seek harmony by toning down the sensitiveness of the feelings.''
    William James (1842-1910), U.S. philosopher, psychologist. Originally published in Princeton Review (1882). "The Sentiment of Rationality," repr. In Essays in Pragmatism, Hafner Publishing (1948).
  • ''A chain is no stronger than its weakest link, and life is after all a chain.''
    William James (1842-1910), U.S. psychologist, philosopher. "The Sick Soul," lectures 6-7, The Varieties of Religious Experience (1902).
  • '''Pure experience' is the name I gave to the immediate flux of life which furnishes the material to our later reflection with its conceptual categories.''
    William James (1842-1910), U.S. philosopher, psychologist. Originally published in Journal of Philosophy (1905). "The Thing and Its Relations," Essays in Radical Empiricism (1912).
  • ''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 (1842-1910), U.S. psychologist, philosopher. The Varieties of Religious Experience, lecture 2 (1902).

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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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