Zitat des Tages von William James:
The 'I think' which Kant said must be able to accompany all my objects, is the 'I breathe' which actually does accompany them.
Metaphysics means nothing but an unusually obstinate effort to think clearly.
How to gain, how to keep, how to recover happiness is in fact for most men at all times the secret motive of all they do, and of all they are willing to endure.
This life is worth living, we can say, since it is what we make it.
Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.
The greatest enemy of any one of our truths may be the rest of our truths.
Is life worth living? It all depends on the liver.
To spend life for something which outlasts it.
Action may not bring happiness but there is no happiness without action.
There is an organic affinity between joyousness and tenderness, and their companionship in the saintly life need in no way occasion surprise.
Individuality is founded in feeling; and the recesses of feeling, the darker, blinder strata of character, are the only places in the world in which we catch real fact in the making, and directly perceive how events happen, and how work is actually done.
A man has as many social selves as there are individuals who recognize him.
The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
There is but one cause of human failure. And that is man's lack of faith in his true Self.
If any organism fails to fulfill its potentialities, it becomes sick.
If merely 'feeling good' could decide, drunkenness would be the supremely valid human experience.
To be radical, an empiricism must neither admit into its constructions any element that is not directly experienced, nor exclude from them any element that is directly experienced.
A chain is no stronger than its weakest link, and life is after all a chain.
To change ones life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly.
Man can alter his life by altering his thinking.
Our faith is faith in someone else's faith, and in the greatest matters this is most the case.
The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.
The best argument I know for an immortal life is the existence of a man who deserves one.
It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.
In the dim background of mind we know what we ought to be doing but somehow we cannot start.
If you want a quality, act as if you already had it.
The world is all the richer for having a devil in it, so long as we keep our foot upon his neck.
Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.
The world we see that seems so insane is the result of a belief system that is not working. 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.
The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.
There is only one thing a philosopher can be relied upon to do, and that is to contradict other philosophers.
Do something everyday for no other reason than you would rather not do it, so that when the hour of dire need draws nigh, it may find you not unnerved and untrained to stand the test.
What every genuine philosopher (every genuine man, in fact) craves most is praise although the philosophers generally call it recognition!
Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.
An act has no ethical quality whatever unless it be chosen out of several all equally possible.
Many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.