Quotes by William James

William James was an American philosopher and psychologist, and the first educator to offer a psychology course in the United States. James was one of the leading thinkers of the late nineteenth century and is believed by many to be one of the most influential philosophers the United States has ever produced, while others have labeled him the "Father of American psychology".

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Quote by William James

The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.

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Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.

Optimism, Pessimism
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Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.

Change, Motivation
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The sway of alcohol over mankind is unquestionably due to its power to stimulate the mystical faculties of human nature, usually crushed to earth by the cold facts and dry criticisms of the sober hour.

Alcohol
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Everybody should do at least two things each day that he hates to do, just for practice.

Motivation
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The sovereign cure for worry is prayer.

Praying
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A chain is no stronger than its weakest link, and life is after all a chain.

Life
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I don't sing because I'm happy; I'm happy because I sing.

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

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

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

Change
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