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William James Facts

William James was an American philosopher and psychologist who had trained as a physician. He was the first educator to offer a psychology course in the United States. James wrote influential books on pragmatism, psychology, educational psychology, the psychology of religious experience, and mysticism. He was the brother of novelist Henry James and of diarist Alice James. In the summer of 1878, William James married Alice Gibbens. (1842 – 1910)

Quotes by William James

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

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.
William James

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

To be a real philosopher all that is necessary is to hate some one else's type of thinking.
William James

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.
William James

Truth is what works.
William James

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.
William James

We don't laugh because we're happy - we're happy because we laugh.
William James

We have to live today by what truth we can get today and be ready tomorrow to call it falsehood.
William James

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