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James Truslow Adams Quotes


An American writer and historian.
(1878 - 1949)

Age acquires no value save through thought and discipline.
 

Be not afraid of life. Believe that life IS worth living and your belief will help create the fact.
 

Life is activity, hence the deep-seated objections to negations.
[Life]
 

Man is a creature of impulse, emotion, action rather than reason. Reason is a verylate development in the world of living creatures, most of whom, as far as we know, get along admirably in daily life without it.
[Reason]
 

Perhaps it would be a good idea, fantastic as it sounds, to muffle every telephone, stop every motor and halt all activity for one hour some day to give people a chance to ponder for a few minutes on what it is all about, why they are living and what they really want.
[Life]
 

Scientific knowledge is constantly changing. A discovery of one year receives confirmation the next or is thrown aside.
[Knowledge]
 

Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, 'This is the real me,' and when you have found that attitude, follow it.
 

The freedom now desired by many is not freedom to do and dare but freedom from care and worry.
 

The greatest discovery of my generation is that man can alter his life simply by altering his attitude of mind.
 

There are obviously two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live.
 

There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, that it ill behaves any of us to find fault with the rest of us.