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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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Whatever universe a professor believes in must at any rate be a universe that lends itself to lengthy discourse. A universe definable in two sentences is something for which the professorial intellect has no use. No faith in anything of that cheap kind!

R
Genius means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way.
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Genius is the capacity for seeing relationships where lesser men see none.
N
Failure, then, failure! so the world stamps us at every turn. We strew it with our blunders, our misdeeds, our lost opportunities, with all the memorials of our inadequacy to our vocation. And with what a damning emphasis does it then blot us out!
K
What every genuine philosopher (every genuine man, in fact) craves most is praise -- although the philosophers generally call it "recognition"!
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Pragmatism, Lecture 1, "The Present Dilemma in Philosophy" (1907).
R: In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.
A: In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.
N: The Varieties of Religious Experience, Lectures 6 and 7 (1902).
K: Letter, 13 June 1907, to philosopher Henri Bergson (published in The Letters of William James, vol. 2, 1920).
   


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