''Far from being antecedent principles that animate the process, law, language, truth are but abstract names for its results.''
''We are doomed to cling to a life even while we find it unendurable.''
'''Pure experience' is the name I gave to the immediate flux of life which furnishes the material to our later reflection with its conceptual categories.''
''Every man who possibly can should force himself to a holiday of a full month in a year, whether he feels like taking it or not.''
''Those thoughts are truth which guide us to beneficial interaction with sensible particulars as they occur, whether they copy these in advance or not.''
''Knowledge about life is one thing; effective occupation of a place in life, with its dynamic currents passing through your being, is another.''
''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 be a real philosopher all that is necessary is to hate some one else's type of thinking.''
''The 'I think' which Kant said must be able to accompany all my objects, is the 'I breathe' which actually does accompany them.''
''Would martyrs have sung in the flames for a mere inference, however inevitable it might be?''
''A man has as many social selves as there are individuals who recognize him.''
''Since belief is measured by action, he who forbids us to believe religion to be true, necessarily also forbids us to act as we should if we did believe it to be true.''
''True to her inveterate habit, rationalism reverts to 'principles,' and thinks that when an abstraction once is named, we own an oracular solution.''
''The history of philosophy is to a great extent that of a certain clash of human temperaments.''
''When you have broken the reality into concepts you never can reconstruct it in its wholeness.''
''The difference between objective and subjective extension is one of relation to a context solely.''
''Man lives for science as well as bread.''
''What every genuine philosopher (every genuine man, in fact) craves most is praise—although the philosophers generally call it "recognition"!''
''It seems the natural thing for us to listen whilst the Europeans talk.''
''If merely "feeling good" could decide, drunkenness would be the supremely valid human experience.''
''For morality life is a war, and the service of the highest is a sort of cosmic patriotism which also calls for volunteers.''
''Metaphysics means nothing but an unusually obstinate effort to think clearly.''
''The moral flabbiness born of the exclusive worship of the bitch-goddess SUCCESS. That—with the squalid cash interpretation put on the word success—is our national disease.''
''Time itself comes in drops.''
''The instant field of the present is at all times what I call the 'pure' experience. It is only virtually or potentially either object or subject as yet.''
''The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.''
''The bottom of being is left logically opaque to us, as something which we simply come upon and find, and about which (if we wish to act) we should pause and wonder as little as possible.''
''To be 'conscious' means not simply to be, but to be reported, known, to have awareness of one's being added to that being.''
''Our esteem for facts has not neutralized in us all religiousness. It is itself almost religious. Our scientific temper is devout.''
''The world is all the richer for having a devil in it, so long as we keep our foot upon his neck.''
''A chain is no stronger than its weakest link, and life is after all a chain.''
''Faith is synonymous with working hypothesis.''
''Our faith is faith in someone else's faith, and in the greatest matters this is most the case.''
''The subjectivist in morals, when his moral feelings are at war with the facts about him, is always free to seek harmony by toning down the sensitiveness of the feelings.''
''No more fiendish punishment could be devised, were such a thing physically possible, than that one should be turned loose in society and remain absolutely unnoticed.''
''There must be something solemn, serious, and tender about any attitude which we denominate religious. If glad, it must not grin or snicker; if sad, it must not scream or curse.''
''There is ... an organic affinity between joyousness and tenderness, and their companionship in the saintly life need in no way occasion surprise.''