Many a man has cherished for years as his hobby some vague shadow of an idea, too meaningless to be positively false
Bad reasoning as well as good reasoning is possible; and this fact is the foundation of the practical side of logic
If man were immortal he could be perfectly sure of seeing the day when everything in which he had trusted should betray his trust
All the evolution we know of proceeds from the vague to the definite.
In the matter of ideas the public prefer the cheap and nasty
The universe ought to be presumed too vast to have any character
The pragmatist knows that doubt is an art which has to be acquired with difficulty.
The difference between a pessimistic and an optimistic mind is of such controlling importance in regard to every intellectual function, and especially for the conduct of life, that it is out of the question to admit that both are normal, and the great majority of mankind are naturally optimistic.
Every man is fully satisfied that there is such a thing as truth, or he would not ask any question.
The final upshot of thinking is the exercise of volition, and of this thought no longer forms a part; but belief is only a stadium of mental action, an effect upon our nature due to thought, which will influence future thinking.
Unless man have a natural bent in accordance with nature's, he has no chance of understanding nature at all.
Let me now try to gather up all these odds and ends of commentary and restate the law of mind, in a unitary way.
Doubt is an uneasy and dissatisfied state from which we struggle to free ourselves and pass into the state of belief; while the latter is a calm and satisfactory state which we do not wish to avoid, or to change to a belief in anything else.
Time with its continuity logically involves some other kind of continuity than its own. Time, as the universal form of change, cannot exist unless there is something to undergo change, and to undergo a change continuous in time, there must be a continuity of changeable qualities.
A finite interval of time generally contains an innumerable series of feelings; and when these become welded together in association the result is a general idea.