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William James Quotes

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"Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact."
Life

"The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it."
Life

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

"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does."

"Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing."
Humor

"Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second."
Sports

"When you have to make a choice and don't make it, that is in itself a choice."

"We have grown literally afraid to be poor. We despise anyone who elects to be poor in order to simplify and save his inner life. If he does not join the general scramble and pant with the money-making street, we deem him spiritless and lacking in ambition."

"The exclusive worship of the bitch-goddess Success is our national disease."
Success

"The greatest enemy of any one of our truths may be the rest of our truths."

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

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

"All natural goods perish. Riches take wings; fame is a breath; love is a cheat; youth and health and pleasure vanish."

"Man can alter his life by altering his thinking."

"To study the abnormal is the best way of understanding the normal."

"The ideas gained by men before they are twenty-five are practically the only ideas they shall have in their lives."

"Begin to be now what you will be hereafter."

"Success or failure depends more upon attitude than upon capacity successful men act as though they have accomplished or are enjoying something. Soon it becomes a reality. Act, look, feel successful, conduct yourself accordingly, and you will be amazed at the positive results."

"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."

"In business for yourself, not by yourself."

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