William James

Psychology

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    Melanie Courchainehas quoted2 years ago
    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.
    Sairy Romerohas quoted6 months ago
    In general, a time filled with varied and interesting experiences seems short in passing, but long as we look back. On the other hand, a tract of time empty of experiences seems long in passing, but in retrospect short. A week of travel and sight-seeing may subtend an angle more like three weeks in the memory; and a month of sickness yields hardly more memories than a day. The length in retrospect depends obviously on the multitudinousness of the memories which the time affords. Many objects, events, changes, many subdivisions, immediately widen the view as we look back. Emptiness, monotony, familiarity, make it shrivel up.
    Richard Chibalehas quotedlast year
    This Dover edition, first published in 2001, is a republication of the Harper Torchbook edition, as published by Harper & Row, Publishers, New York, in 1961, which was itself an abridged republication of the original work (first publication: Henry Holt and Company, 1892).
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