The path to cheerfulness is to sit cheerfully and to act and speak as if cheerfulness were already there.
More Quotes from William James:In the deepest heart of all of us there is a corner in which the ultimate mystery of things works sadly.
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.
Great emergencies and crises show us how much greater our vital resources are than we had supposed.
We are spinning our own fates, good or evil, and never to be undone. Every smallest stroke of virtue or of vice leaves its never-so-little scar.
We have to live today by what truth we can get today and be ready tomorrow to call it falsehood.
We are all potentially such sick men. The sanest and best of us are of one clay with lunatics and prison-inmates. And whenever we feel this, such a sense of the vanity of our voluntary career comes over us, that all our morality appears as a plaster hiding a sore it can never cure, and all our well-doing as the hollowest substitute for that well-being that our lives ought to be grounded in, but alas are not so.
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