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William James
(1842-1910) born on
Jan 11
US philosopher, psychologist. He was one of the founders of pragmatism and wrote "The Meaning of Truth," 1909.
         
   
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Hardly ever can a youth transferred to the society of his betters unlearn the nasality and other vices of speech bred in him by the associations of his growing years. Hardly ever, indeed, no matter how much money there be in his pocket, can he ever learn

R
Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.
A
The greatest use of a life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.
N
Do every day or two something 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.
K
As there is no worse lie than a truth misunderstood by those who hear it, so reasonable arguments, challenges to magnanimity, and appeals to sympathy or justice, are folly when we are dealing with human crocodiles and boa-constrictors.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Principles of Psychology, vol. 1, ch. 4 (1890).
R: In "Pearls of Wisdom," ed. J. Agel and W. Glanze, 1987.
A: In "Pearls of Wisdom," ed. J. Agel and W. Glanze, 1987.
N: In "The Book of Success," ed. Richard Shea, 1993.
K: The Varieties of Religious Experience, Lectures 14 --15, "The Value of Saintliness" (1902).
   


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