William James

William James

American psychologist and philosopher
11 January 1842 — 26 August 1910

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Man can alter his life by altering his thinking.

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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.

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

Actualities seem to float in a wider sea of possibilities from out of which they were chosen; and somewhere, indeterminism says, such possibilities exist, and form part of the truth.

Few of us realize how short the career of what we know as "science" has been.

As a rule we disbelieve all the facts and theories for which we have no use.


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