William James Love Quotes and Sayings
2. The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.
Sayings by William James
#1 The Principles of Psychology, 1890, Ch. 22
1. The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
2. Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.
3. Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.
4. A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.
5. Faith means belief in something concerning which doubt is theoretically possible.
6. If you care enough for a result, you will most certainly attain it.
7. Man can alter his life by altering his thinking.
8. There is but one cause of human failure. And that is man’s lack of faith in his true self.
9. Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
10. The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.
11. I don’t sing because I’m happy; I’m happy because I sing.
12. When you have to make a choice and don’t make it, that is in itself a choice.
13. New habits can be launched . . . on condition of there being new stimuli and new excitements.
#14 Is Life Worth Living?
14. Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.
15. The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.
16. 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.
17. If you can change your mind, you can change your life.
18. We don’t laugh because we’re happy — we’re happy because we laugh.
19. 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.
20. Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.
21. It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult undertaking which, more than anything else, will determine its successful outcome.
22. Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.
23. Anything you may hold firmly in your imagination can be yours.
24. There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision.
25. Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.
26. To perceive the world differently, we must be willing to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our sense of now, and dissolve the fear in our minds.
27. Our view of the world is truly shaped by what we decide to hear.
#28 Letter to E.L. Godkin, 24 December 1895
28. We are all ready to be savage in some cause. The difference between a good man and a bad one is the choice of the cause.
#29 Ralph Barton Perry, Vol. II, ch. 91, The Thought and Character of William James, 1935
29. Tell him to live by yes and no — yes to everything good, no to everything bad.