The prevalent fear of poverty among the educated classes is the worst moral disease from which our civilization suffers.

William James

Language is the most imperfect and expensive means yet discovered for communicating thought.

William James

The great use of life is to spend it for something that outlasts it.
– William James

William James

The greatest discovery of my generation is that man can alter his life simply by altering his attitude of mind.

William James

We must be careful not to confuse data with the abstractions we use to analyze them.

William James

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

William James

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

William James

To change one’s life; Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions.

William James

We do not sing because we are happy, we are happy because we sing.

William James

A new position of responsibility will usually show a man to be a far stronger creature than was supposed.

William James

The instinct of ownership is fundamental in man’s nature.

William James

Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.

William James

Genius means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way.

William James

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

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

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