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William James
Genius means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way.

William James
The essence of genius is to know what to overlook.

William James
Genius, in truth, means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way

William James
Man lives for science as well as bread.

William James
Science, like life, feeds on its own decay. New facts burst old rules then newly divined conceptions bind old and new together into a reconciling law.

William James
Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.

William James
A new position of responsibility will usually show a man to be a far stronger creature than was supposed.

William James
It is wrong always, everywhere, and for everyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence.

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