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" Habit is thus the enormous fly-wheel of society, its most precious conservative agent. It alone is what keeps us all within the bounds of ordinance, and saves the children of fortune from the envious uprisings of the poor. "
Psychology: The Briefer Course - Page 10
by William James - 2001 - 343 pages
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Vocations Within the Church

Leonidas Wakefield Crawford - Clergy - 1920 - 211 pages
...motive. They are there as the result of habit. "Habit," writes Professor James in his Psychology,1 "alone prevents the hardest and most repulsive walks...brought up to tread therein. It keeps the fisherman and deckhand at sea through the winter; it holds the miner in his darkness, and nails the countryman to...
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The New World: College Readings in English

College readers - 1920 - 464 pages
...recording information related to a given topic: Citizenship as Social importancea habit of habit " Habit is ... thus the enormous fly-wheel of society,...conservative agent. It alone is what keeps us all within the bound of ordinance, and saves the children of fortune from the envious uprisings of the poor. ... It...
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Selected Stories from O. Henry [pseud.]

O. Henry - 1922 - 255 pages
...some silly theory of gravitation." "Habit," says William James in his great chapter on the subject, "is thus the enormous fly-wheel of society, its most...what keeps us all within the bounds of ordinance." Read also Maupassant's story called An Artist and Armistead Churchill Gordon's Baytop (in Ommirandy,...
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Pluralism and Personality: William James and Some Contemporary Cultures of ...

Don S. Browning - Psychology - 1980 - 280 pages
...James is in fact also defending the role of culture in the life of society. In one place he writes, "Habit is thus the enormous fly-wheel of society,...It alone is what keeps us all within the bounds of ordinance."21* Nor is habit contrary to the exigencies of a pluralistic and quickly changing society....
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From Darwin to Behaviourism: Psychology and the Minds of Animals

Robert Boakes - Psychology - 1984 - 279 pages
...James at length on this topic, since it illustrates well the more rhetorical side to the Principles. 'Habit is thus the enormous fly-wheel of society,...deserted by those brought up to tread therein ... It dooms us all to fight out the battle of life upon the lines of our nurture or our early choice, and...
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Meaning and Method: Essays in Honor of Hilary Putnam

George Boolos - Philosophy - 1990 - 380 pages
...extent to which our moral lives are governed by habit. Not only did he write, rather disturbingly, "Habit is thus the enormous fly-wheel of society, its most precious conservative agent." He also asserted: No matter how full a reservoir of maxims one may possess, and no matter how good...
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The Columbia History of the American Novel: Emory Elliott, General Editor ...

Emory Elliott, Cathy N. Davidson - Literary Collections - 1991 - 905 pages
...that name, as "the enormous fly-wheel of society, its most precious conservative agent. ... It also prevents the hardest and most repulsive walks of life...being deserted by those brought up to tread therein." With this observation, James links the intricate psychology of habit to larger mechanisms of organization...
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The Trial of Curiosity

Ross Posnock - Literary Criticism - 1991
...bundle of habits" in which James takes such comfort. In his famous hymn to habit he calls it society's "most precious conservative agent. It alone is what keeps us all within the bounds of ordinance. ... It is well for the world that in most of us, by the age of thirty, the character has set like plaster,...
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The Creation of Chaos: William James and the Stylistic Making of a ...

Frederick J. Ruf - Philosophy - 1991 - 185 pages
...narratives and characterizations, interspersed, as before, with James's more or less scientific statements. "Habit is thus the enormous fly-wheel of society, its most precious conservative agent." 72 The same multiplicity of forms exists in this section on habit as it did in the other section we...
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The Community Reconstructs: The Meaning of Pragmatic Social Thought

James Campbell - Philosophy - 1992 - 147 pages
...perhaps most clearly indicated by his casual remarks, like his statement that it is only habit that "saves the children of fortune from the envious uprisings of the poor" (The Principles of Psychology, 125). 23. Talks to Teachers, 162, 161. 24. Otto, "On a Certain Blindness,"...
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