William James Quotes

Each of us in his own person feels that a high-hearted indifference to life would expiate all his short-comings.

There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision.

The best argument I know for an immortal life is the existence of a man who deserves one.

Each of us is in fact what he is almost exclusively by virtue of his imitativeness.

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

An idea, to be suggestive, must come to the individual with the force of a revelation.

An unlearned carpenter of my acquaintance once said in my hearing: ‘There is very little difference between one man and another, but what there is is very important.’

The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.

Man, biologically considered, and whatever else he may be in the bargain, is simply the most formidable of all the beasts of prey, and, indeed, the only one that preys systematically on its own species.

The individual person, I think, most of all determines what will happen. There is a “looseness” in the joining together of happenings so that a certain past does not necessarily mean a certain future. An unexpected turn can be given to history by just one person’s beliefs, character, and way of life.