Views From The Father Of American Philosophy!

Hello Friends,

Welcome back to my Blog 1Beginner!

Today, I would love to share views of one of the prominent & leading thinkers of the 19th Century. He was an American philosopher and psychologist, and the first educator to offer a psychology course in the United States. He is none other than William James. I am sure most of us have never heard the name of this person, He must be very strange to this generation. That’s the reason I would like to make all of us familiar with the legends who originated the concept of self-help, Self-evolution for example – James Allen, Swett Marden. Sir William James is one of them.

William James (1842–1910) was a leading thinker of the late nineteenth century, one of the most influential U.S. philosophers, and has been labelled the “Father of American psychology”. (Source – Wikipedia)

I would like to share a few of his quotes which made a lasting impact on the world – Along with that I am sharing my views to relate in a meaningful context.

  1. “The Great Use of Life Is To Spend It For Something That will Outlast It.” (In My View – Live the life of creation, not the survival! Devote yourself to the cause bigger than yourself.)
  2. Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task! (In my view – it’s not the load of work but the dissatisfaction of uncompleted tasks gives us the fatigue, makes us tired)
  3. The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook! (In my view- The person of wisdom knows the importance of avoiding the argument than winning the Argument.)
  4. The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated! (In my view –  genuine Appreciation is the key to unlock hearts of the people.)
  5. The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes! (In my view – Right Attitude is everything, it’s the key to unlock the treasures of potential within you.)
  6. “Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.” (In my view- action is something that brings momentum in your life and its the momentum that leads you to prosperity & happiness.)
  7. Be Not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact! (In my view- Life is beautiful, instead of fighting with it,why dont we just flow with it. The choice creates a massive difference)
  8. “We don’t laugh because we’re happy, we’re happy because we laugh.” (In my view – Happiness is contagious, the quote itself is self-explanatory)
  9. “Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequesnces of Misfortune.”
  10. “Act as if what you do makes a difference, because It does.” (In my view- Nobody in your life can make a difference than You, Your thoughts & Your acts)
  11. “If you want a quality, act as if you already had it.” 
  12. “To change ones life: Start immediately. Do it Flamboyantly.” (In my view- Right time is alwasy now. Dont overthink, start now!)



– Written & compiled by Mahendra Kapady@2019, All Rights Reserved.

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