Life is half spent before we know what it is.
~ George Herbert
William James Quotes
The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.
The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
Science, like life, feeds on its own decay. New facts burst old rules; then newly divined conceptions bind old and new together into a reconciling law.
As a rule reading fiction is as hard to me as trying to hit a target by hurling feathers at it. I need resistance to celebrate!
The greatest enemy of any one of our truths may be the rest of our truths.
History is a bath of blood.
Religion is a monumental chapter in the history of human egotism.
To change one's life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions.
Habit is thus the enormous flywheel of society, its most precious conservative agent. It alone is what keeps us all within the bounds of ordinance, and saves the children of fortune from the envious uprisings of the poor.
Truth, as any dictionary will tell you, is a property of certain of our ideas. It means their "agreement," as falsity means their disagreement, with "reality."
Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.
Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.
Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second.
When you have to make a choice and don't make it, that is in itself a choice.
The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes.
Give your dreams all you've got and you'll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you.
Everybody ought to do at least two things each day that he hates to do, just for practice.
Language is the most imperfect and expensive means yet discovered for communicating thought.
We have grown literally afraid to be poor. We despise anyone who elects to be poor in order to simplify and save his inner life. If he does not join the general scramble and pant with the money-making street, we deem him spiritless and lacking in ambition.
Every man who possibly can should force himself to a holiday of a full month in a year, whether he feels like taking it or not.
I don't sing because I'm happy; I'm happy because I sing.
A new position of responsibility will usually show a man to be a far stronger creature than was supposed.
The prevalent fear of poverty among the educated classes is the worst moral disease from which our civilization suffers.