Henry James, Sr.

James, Sr.

American Theologian and Swedenborgian, Father of William and Henry James

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This life is worth living, we can say, since it is what we make it.

When you have to make a choice and don't make it, that is in itself a choice.

To be a real philosopher all that is necessary is to hate someone else's type of thinking.

Whenever two people meet there are really six people present. There is each man as he sees himself, each man as the other person sees him, and each man as he really is.

To be radical, an empiricism must neither admit into its constructions any element that is not directly experienced, nor exclude from them any element that is directly experienced.

Where quality is the thing sought after, the thing of supreme quality is cheap, whatever the price one has to pay for it.

Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.

History is a bath of blood.

If you want a quality, act as if you already had it. Try the as if technique.

Most people live, whether physically, intellectually or morally, in a very restricted circle of their potential being. They make very small use of their possible consciousness and of their soul's resources in general, much like a man who, out of his whole bodily organism, should get into a habit of using and moving only his little finger.

Religion must be considered vindicated in a certain way from the attacks of her critics.

The minute a man ceases to grow, no matter what his years, that minute he begins to be old.

Both thought and feeling are determinants of conduct, and the same conduct may be determined either by feeling or by thought.

How to gain, how to keep, how to recover happiness is in fact for most men at all times the secret motive of all they do, and of all they are willing to endure.

Impulse without reason is not enough, and reason without impulse is a poor makeshift.

Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second.

Religion, whatever it is, is a man's total reaction upon life.

Circumstance does not make me, it reveals me.

Human beings, by changing the inner attitude of their minds, can change the outer aspect of their lives.

In modern eyes, precious though wars may be they must not be waged solely for the sake of the ideal harvest. Only when forced upon one, is a war now thought permissible.

My first act of free will shall be to believe in free will.

The aim of a college education is to teach you to know a good man when you see one.

Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.

I am done with great things and big plans, great institutions and big success. I am for those tiny, invisible, loving, human forces that work from individual to individual, creeping through the crannies of the world like so many rootlets, or like the capillary oozing of water, which, if given time, will rend the hardest monuments of pride.

In the deepest heart of all of us there is a corner in which the ultimate mystery of things works sadly.

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American Theologian and Swedenborgian, Father of William and Henry James