The Quotidian, September 23, 2010 ~ Alter Your Life

“The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his [her] life by altering his [her] attitude of mind.” ~ William James (January 11, 1842 to August 26, 1910)

William James was an American physician, psychologist, philosopher, intellectual, writer, and essayist. He was the brother of Henry James (novelist) and Alice James (diarist).

Wow, what a brilliant family! At first – when I found this quotation – I confused William James with his brother Henry James.

James wrote the classic essay “The Moral Equivalent of War.”

[Sources: Tweet by LynetteBrown September 21, 2010. Quotation verified through use of, accessed September 22, 2010. Dates and biographical information from Wikipedia, accessed September 22, 2010].

About Andrew Shattuck McBride

I am a writer, editor, writing coach, and consultant. I work in a variety of genres, including poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction. I also have a couple of novels simmering on back burners. THANK YOU to Nan Macy of Village Books for taking this photo (June 2011).
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3 Responses to The Quotidian, September 23, 2010 ~ Alter Your Life

  1. To change one’s attitude — brilliant, yet a difficult task to accomplish. Such a profound truth.

    Write on!

  2. Difficult – but essential.

    Press on with your writing!

    Blessings, Andy

  3. Pingback: The Quotidian, November 21, 2010 ~ Visualize! | Andrew Shattuck McBride, Writer's Blog

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