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[Quote No.7578] Need Area: Mind > Learn
"Education is the transmission of civilization. [as civilization is just the accumulated experience of our species] " - William James Durant

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[Quote No.8998] Need Area: Mind > Learn
"We have to live today by what truth we can get today and be ready tomorrow to call it falsehood." - William James

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[Quote No.11032] Need Area: Mind > Learn
"Cramming seeks to stamp things in by intense application immediately before the ordeal. But a thing thus learned can form but few associations. [and these links give the learning meaning and usefulness] " - William James

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[Quote No.15607] Need Area: Mind > Learn
"Character development is the great, if not the sole, aim of education." - William James O'Shea
(1864 - ?) American educator
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[Quote No.17396] Need Area: Mind > Learn
"One thing that ideas do is to contradict other ideas and keep us from believing them." - William James
(1842 - 1910) American psychologist and philosopher
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[Quote No.19747] Need Area: Mind > Learn
"We never fully grasp the import of any true statement until we have a clear notion of what the opposite untrue statement would be." - William James
(1842 - 1910) American psychologist and philosopher
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[Quote No.19941] Need Area: Mind > Learn
"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." - William James
(1842 - 1910) American psychologist and philosopher
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[Quote No.24933] Need Area: Mind > Learn
"The man whose acquisitions stick is the man who is always achieving and advancing whilst his neighbors, spending most of their time in relearning what they once knew but have forgotten, simply hold their own!" - William James
(1842-1910) American psychologist and philosopher
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[Quote No.38735] Need Area: Mind > Learn
"It is wrong always, everywhere, and for everyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence." - William James

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[Quote No.43100] Need Area: Mind > Learn
"The greatest enemy of any one of our truths may be the rest of our truths [because any Truth should fit into the 'world' of other Truths. So if you are really a searcher after Truth then search for contradictions to your 'knowledge', even harder than you search for confirmations.]" - William James

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[Quote No.50189] Need Area: Mind > Learn
"All our life, so far as it has definite form, is but a mass of [learned] habits - practical, emotional, and intellectual - systematically organized for our weal or woe, and bearing us irresistibly toward our destiny, whatever the latter may be. [We can plan and learn new ones to reach our goals and realise more of our innate potential.]" - William James
American philosopher, psychologist and physician.
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[Quote No.597] Need Area: Mind > Imagine
"The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind." - William James

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[Quote No.3961] Need Area: Mind > Imagine
"The greatest revolution of my generation is the discovery that individuals, by changing their inner attitudes of mind, can change the outer aspects of their lives. " - Dr William James
of Harvard
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[Quote No.6868] Need Area: Mind > Imagine
"Genius... means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way. " - William James

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[Quote No.19085] Need Area: Mind > Imagine
"Compared to what we ought to be, we are only half - awake. We are making use of a small part of our physical and mental resources. Stating the thing broadly, the human individual thus lives far within his limits. He possesses power of various sorts, which he habitually fails to use." - William James
(1842 - 1910) American psychologist and philosopher
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[Quote No.21498] Need Area: Mind > Imagine
"The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it." - William James

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[Quote No.25035] Need Area: Mind > Imagine
"[A worthy aim is] To spend life for something [good] which outlasts it." - William James

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[Quote No.35754] Need Area: Mind > Imagine
"[A worthwhile citeria for life-goal would include...] To spend life for something which outlasts it." - William James

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[Quote No.36939] Need Area: Mind > Imagine
"Genius... means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an inhabitual way [...in an imaginative way]." - William James

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[Quote No.39323] Need Area: Mind > Imagine
"...spend life for something [good] which outlasts it. " - William James

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[Quote No.42392] Need Area: Mind > Imagine
"[Freedom, individualism and being yourself:] The best way to define a man's character [and 'destiny'] would be to seek out the particular mental or moral attitude [and vision, so long as it did not hurt the physical person or property of another] in which, when it came upon him, he felt himself most deeply and intensely active and alive. At such moments there is a voice inside which speaks and says: 'This is the real me'!" - William James
Famous American psychologist
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[Quote No.44440] Need Area: Mind > Imagine
"[Freedom, individuality, authenticity and being yourself, so long as you don't hurt another's physical person or property:] Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, 'This is the real me,' and when you have found that attitude, follow it." - William James

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[Quote No.28359] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"When you have to make a choice and don't make it, that in itself is a choice. [Failing to plan is planning to fail!]" - William James

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[Quote No.43196] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"[Plans and process that we have done often and refined often become habits and] Habit simplifies our movements, makes them accurate, and diminishes fatigue." - William James
American psychologist and philosopher.
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[Quote No.45221] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"Habit simplifies our movements, makes them accurate, and diminishes fatigue." - William James

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[Quote No.50190] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"All our life, so far as it has definite form, is but a mass of [learned] habits - practical, emotional, and intellectual - systematically organized for our weal or woe, and bearing us irresistibly toward our destiny, whatever the latter may be. [We can plan and learn new ones to reach our goals and realise more of our innate potential!] " - William James
American philosopher, psychologist and physician.
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[Quote No.55512] Need Area: Mind > Anticipation
"The greatest weapon against stress [and discouragement] is our ability to choose [to focus on] one thought over another!" - William James

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[Quote No.56883] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"We are spinning [creating] our own fates [destiny, future]..." - William James

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[Quote No.62386] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"All our life, so far as it has definite form, is but a mass of habits [plans] – practical, emotional, and intellectual – systematically organized for our weal or woe, and bearing us irresistibly toward our destiny, whatever the latter may be." - William James

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[Quote No.3458] Need Area: Mind > Focus
"The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook." - William James

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[Quote No.3935] Need Area: Mind > Focus
"There is a law in psychology that if you form a picture in your mind of what you would like to be, and you keep and hold that picture there long enough, you will soon become exactly as you have been thinking. " - William James

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[Quote No.8070] Need Area: Mind > Focus
"That which holds our attention determines our action " - William James

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[Quote No.8845] Need Area: Mind > Focus
"He who refuses to embrace a unique opportunity loses the prize as surely as if he had failed." - William James

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[Quote No.12605] Need Area: Mind > Focus
"If you want a quality, act as if you already had it. Try the 'as if' technique. " - William James

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[Quote No.12712] Need Area: Mind > Focus
"The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook. [Distract your mind from what you don't want it to do!]" - William James

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[Quote No.14895] Need Area: Mind > Focus
"No matter how full a reservoir of maxims one may possess, and no matter how good one's sentiments may be, if one has not taken advantage of every concrete opportunity to act, one's character may retain entirely unaffected for the better. With mere good intentions, Hell is proverbially paved. [The purpose of knowledge is to perceive plans which can be focused into action and through action the creation of character and self-respect.] " - William James
(1842-1910) American psychologist & philosopher
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[Quote No.27606] Need Area: Mind > Focus
"Wisdom is learning what to overlook." - William James

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[Quote No.28504] Need Area: Mind > Focus
"He who refuses to embrace a unique opportunity loses the prize as surely as if he had [tried and] failed." - William James

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[Quote No.36641] Need Area: Mind > Focus
"The art of being wise [successful and happy] is the art of knowing what to overlook [and what to focus on]." - William James
(1842-1910), psychologist and philosopher.
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[Quote No.36965] Need Area: Mind > Focus
"The faculty of voluntarily bringing back a wandering attention over and over again [concentration, focus] is the very root of judgment, character and will. No one is compos sui [master of himself] if he have it not." - William James
Famous American psychologist.
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[Quote No.43952] Need Area: Mind > Focus
"When you have to make a choice and don't make it [procrastinate], that is in itself a choice." - William James

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[Quote No.46638] Need Area: Mind > Focus
"Human beings, by [focusing on] changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives." - William James

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[Quote No.48914] Need Area: Mind > Focus
"The faculty of bringing back a wandering attention, over and over again, is the very root of judgment, character, and will..." - William James

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[Quote No.51322] Need Area: Mind > Focus
"In the dim background of mind we know what we ought to be doing but somehow we cannot start." - William James

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[Quote No.54215] Need Area: Mind > Focus
"But, whether the attention [focus] come by grace of genius or by dint of will, the longer one does attend to [focus on] a topic the more mastery of it one has. And the faculty of voluntarily bringing back a wandering attention [focus], over and over again [persistently], is the very root of judgment, character, and will. No one is 'compos sui' [latin for 'master of one's self'] if he have it not. An education which should improve this faculty would be the education par excellence." - William James
(1842 – 1910) American philosopher and psychologist who was also trained as a physician. Often referred to as 'The Father of American Psychology'. Quote from his book, 'The Principles of Psychology', (1890).
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[Quote No.54563] Need Area: Mind > Focus
"My experience is what I agree to attend to. Only those items which I notice shape my mind." - William James

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[Quote No.55510] Need Area: Mind > Focus
"The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose [to focus on] one thought over another." - William James

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[Quote No.58387] Need Area: Mind > Focus
"Geniuses are commonly believed to excel other men [or women] in their power of sustained attention. " - William James
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[Quote No.60289] Need Area: Mind > Focus
"[Attention - focus versus distraction:] The faculty of voluntarily bringing back a wandering attention over and over again is the very root of judgment, character and will... An education which should improve this faculty would be the education par excellence." - William James
'The Principles of Psychology'.
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[Quote No.62070] Need Area: Mind > Focus
"The art of being wise [progress, achievement and success] is the art of knowing what [unhelpful things, actions, emotions, etc] to overlook. ...The function of [distracting] ignoring, of inattention, is as vital a factor in mental progress as the function of attention itself." - William James
In 'The Principles of Psychology', (1918), Vol. 2, p369, p371.
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