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There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision, and for whom the lighting of every cigar, the drinking of every cup, the time of rising and going to bed every day, and the beginning of every bit of work, are subjects of express volitional deliberation.  Full half the time of such a man goes to the deciding, or regretting, of matters which ought to be so ingrained in him as practically not to exist for his consciousness at all.
   —  William James
From his book: “Talks to Teachers on Psychology
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On This Day In:
2014 Praise The Lord And Pass The Hypocrisy
That Sound
2013 Still Waiting For Answers
2012 Informal Leadership
2011 A Little More Progress
2010 Bec’s Gone Again…

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When you have to make a choice and don’t make it, that is in itself a choice.
    —  William James
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On This Day In:
2013 Still Happens
2012 Possessing Eternity
2011 I Thought We Were Talking About Afghanistan

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If this life be not a real fight, in which something is eternally gained for the universe by success, it is no better than a game of private theatricals from which one may withdraw at will.
  —  William James
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On This Day In:
2013 Unravelling
2012 I Resolve
2011 Practice, Practice, Practice
2009 Phoenix Trip (July ’09)

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These, then are my last words to you: Be not afraid of life, Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.
  —  William James
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On This Day In:
2013 Overpowering Curiosity
2012 On Planning The Invasion Of Iraq…
2011 This And That
I’m Bettin’ On The Bible

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The deepest thing in our nature is this dumb region of the heart, in which we dwell alone with our faiths and our fears.
  —  William James
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Need and struggle are what excite and inspire us; our hour of triumph is what brings the void.
  —  William James
From the essay: “Is Life Worth Living?
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