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A chain is no stronger than its weakest link, and life is after all a chain.
– William James
Belief creates the actual fact.
The hell to be endured hereafter, of which theology tells, is no worse than the hell we make for ourselves in this world by habitually fashioned our characters in the wrong way.
The history of philosophy is to a great extent that of a certain clash of human temperaments.
Everybody should do at least two things each day that he hates to do, just for practice.
The sovereign cure for worry is prayer.
If you believe that feeling bad or worrying long enough will change a past or future event, then you are residing on another planet with a different reality system.
Truth is what works.
To be conscious means not simply to be, but to be reported, known, to have awareness of one’s being added to that being.
The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
There is but one cause of human failure. And that is man’s lack of faith in his true Self.
We never fully grasp the import of any true statement until we have a clear notion of what the opposite untrue statement would be.
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.
The greatest use of a life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.
The world we see that seems so insane is the result of a belief system that is not working. To perceive the world differently, we must be willing to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our sense of now, and dissolve the fear in our minds.
Action may not bring happiness but there is no happiness without action.
There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision.
It is well for the world that in most of us, by the age of thirty, the character has set like plaster, and will never soften again.
To study the abnormal is the best way of understanding the normal.
Man lives for science as well as bread.
We don’t laugh because we’re happy – we’re happy because we laugh.
Begin to be now what you will be hereafter.
We are all ready to be savage in some cause. The difference between a good man and a bad one is the choice of the cause.
Why should we think upon things that are lovely? Because thinking determines life. It is a common habit to blame life upon the environment. Environment modifies life but does not govern life. The soul is stronger than its surroundings.
Success or failure depends more upon attitude than upon capacity successful men act as though they have accomplished or are enjoying something. Soon it becomes a reality. Act, look, feel successful, conduct yourself accordingly, and you will be amazed at the positive results.
The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.
Human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.
The world is all the richer for having a devil in it, so long as we keep our foot upon his neck.
Could the young but realize how soon they will become mere walking bundles of habits, they would give more heed to their conduct while in the plastic state.
Where quality is the thing sought after, the thing of supreme quality is cheap, whatever the price one has to pay for it.