25 FAV quotes of William James

williamjamesHere are 25 of our favourite bons mots of William James.

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  • A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.
  • Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
  • Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.
  • 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.
  • Human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.
  • If you care enough for a result, you will most certainly attain it.
  • In the dim background of mind we know what we ought to be doing but somehow we cannot start.
  • It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.
  • 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.
  • Everybody should do at least two things each day that he hates to do, just for practice.
  • Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second.
  • Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.
  • Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.
  • The aim of a college education is to teach you to know a good man when you see one.
  • The essence of genius is to know what to overlook.
  • The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.
  • The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes.
  • The ideas gained by men before they are twenty-five are practically the only ideas they shall have in their lives.
  • The world is all the richer for having a devil in it, so long as we keep our foot upon his neck.
  • 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.
  • There is but one cause of human failure. And that is man’s lack of faith in his true Self.
  • To change ones life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly.
  • Truth is what works.
  • 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.
  • We never fully grasp the import of any true statement until we have a clear notion of what the opposite untrue statement would be.

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(ed. – These William James quotes and more can be found in By George Treasury II – in Our E-bookshelf)

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Our lost politicians

As our politicians are about to escape Ottawa to break for the summer, By George offers this gem: 

 

A man in a hot air balloon realized he was lost. He reduced altitude and spotted a woman below. He descended a bit more and shouted, “Excuse me. Can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don’t know where I am.”

The woman below said, “You’re in a hot air balloon hovering approximately 30 feet above the ground. You’re between 40 and 41degrees north latitude and between 59 and 60 degrees west longitude.”

“You must be a consultant,” said the balloonist.

“I am,” said the woman. “How did you know?”

“Well,” said the balloonist, “everything you told me is technically correct, but I’ve no idea what to make of your information, and the fact is I’m still lost. Frankly, you’ve not been much help at all. If anything, you’ve delayed my trip.”

The woman below said, “You must be a politician.”

“I am,” replied the balloonist, “but how did you know?”

“Well,” said the woman, “you don’t know where you are or where you’re going. You have risen to where you are due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise which you’ve no idea how to keep, and you expect people beneath you to solve your problems. The fact is you are in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but now, somehow, it’s my fault.”

 

This political joke and many more can be found in Keep ’em Laughing – classic political jokes delivered on the campaign trail and atop the soapbox – which can be purchased directly from Our E-Bookshelf.

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The Talking Dog

 

   The following amusing story

   can be found in our publication

   By George Treasury.  

 

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A guy is driving around the back woods of northern Ontario and he sees a sign in front of a broken down shanty-style house: ‘Talking Dog For Sale.’ He rings the bell and the owner appears and tells him the dog is in the backyard.

The guy goes into the backyard and sees a nice looking Labrador retriever sitting there.

“You talk?” he asks.

“Yep,” the Lab replies.

After the guy recovers from the shock of hearing a dog talk, he says “So, what’s your story?”

The Lab looks up and says, “Well, I discovered that I could talk when I was pretty young. I wanted to help the government, so I told our Canadian Security Intelligence Service. In no time at all they had me jetting from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders, because no one figured a dog would be eavesdropping. I was one of their most valuable spies for eight years running.”

“But the jetting around really tired me out, and I knew I wasn’t getting any younger so I decided to settle down. I signed up for a job at the Ottawa airport to do some undercover security, wandering near suspicious characters and listening in.”

“I uncovered some incredible dealings and was awarded a batch of medals. I got married, had a mess of puppies, and now I’m just retired.”

The guy is amazed. He goes back in and asks the owner what he wants for the dog.

“Ten dollars,” the guy says.

“Ten dollars? This dog is amazing! I’ll take him – here’s the money. But tell me now, why on earth are you selling him so cheap?”

“Because he’s a liar. He never did any of that stuff. ”

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The By George Treasury e-books

Our By George scribes have a treasure trove of material – available in two e-books.

 

By-George-Treasury_95-08-1-231x300The By George Treasury is a resourceful and fun compilation that has been selected from the more than one thousand articles from more than a decade of our writings. We have looked back to gather lists of some of the most remarkable quotations, classic wordplay, puns and quizzes, editorials, the best of the humour over the years, and the 15-most popular feature articles to have appeared in the publication. From the initial editorial found in the very first edition, through to the slew of jokes in the summertime 2008 issue, we have picked the crème de la crème.

 

By George Treasury IIThe By George Treasury ~ Book II spans five years of By George Journal postings from 2009 through 2013. This book offers a potpourri of information on effective communication to help at your workplace and with your social affairs. And so, page after page, you will find useful and interesting materials you will want to share at work or with your friends.

 

The front piece of the second treasury states the edition “marks another milestone for us as active advocates and wordsmiths of an independent PR firm. After returning to the Ottawa area from more than a decade in Niagara, we realize we’re basking in the dawn of a new chapter of our lives. So, at this time, it seems fitting to produce another treasury volume of our journal entries which will allow us to turn over new journal pages – both literally and figuratively.”

 

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By George Treasury II – a potpourri

By George Treasury II

 

As part of our 20th anniversary celebration, earlier this year released our second compilation – the By George Treasury ~ Book II – which spans five years of By George Journal postings from 2009 through 2013.

The book offers a potpourri of information on effective communication to help at your workplace and with your social affairs. And so, page after page, you will find useful and interesting materials you will want to share at work or with your friends.

The front piece states that the treasury edition “marks another milestone for us as active advocates and wordsmiths of an independent PR firm. After returning to the Ottawa area from more than a decade in Niagara, we realize we’re basking in the dawn of a new chapter of our lives. So, at this time, it seems fitting to produce another treasury volume of our journal entries which will allow us to turn over new journal pages – both literally and figuratively.”

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