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Samuel Alexander Quotes and Sayings

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The mental act of sensation which issues in reflex
movement is so simple as to defy analysis.
- Samuel Alexander

Mental life is indeed practical through and through.
It begins in practice and it ends in practice.
- Samuel Alexander

An expectation is a future object, recognised as belonging to me.
- Samuel Alexander

Curiosity begins as an act of tearing to pieces or analysis.
- Samuel Alexander

 

The perceptive act is a reaction of the mind upon the
object of which it is the perception.
- Samuel Alexander

We cannot therefore say that mental acts contain a
cognitive as well as a conative element.
- Samuel Alexander

It is convenient to distinguish the two kinds of experience
which have thus been described,
the experienc-ing and the experienc-ed,
by technical words.
- Samuel Alexander

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Both expectations and memories are more than mere images
founded on previous experience.
- Samuel Alexander

But unfortunately Locke treated ideas of reflection
as if they were another class of objects of contemplation
beside ideas of sensation.
- Samuel Alexander

For psychological purposes the most important differences
in conation are those in virtue of which the object
is revealed as sensed or perceived or imaged or remembered or thought.
- Samuel Alexander

The thing of which the act of perception is the perception
is experienced as something not mental.
- Samuel Alexander

It is more difficult to designate this form of conation
on its practical side by a satisfactory name.
- Samuel Alexander

Psychology is the science of the act of experiencing,
and deals with the whole system of such acts as they make up mental life.
- Samuel Alexander

The sensory acts are accordingly distinguished by their objects.
- Samuel Alexander

An object is not first imagined or thought about and then expected or willed,
but in being actively expected it is imagined as future
and in being willed it is thought.
- Samuel Alexander

In the perception of a tree we can distinguish the act of experiencing,
or perceiving, from the thing experienced,
or perceived.
- Samuel Alexander

The interval between a cold expectation and a warm
desire may be filled by expectations of varying degrees
of warmth or by desires of varying degrees of coldness.
- Samuel Alexander

But though cognition is not an element of mental action,
nor even in any real sense of the word an aspect of it,
the distinction of cognition and conation has if properly
defined a definite value.
- Samuel Alexander

Such being the nature of mental life,
the business of psychology is primarily to describe
in detail the various forms which attention or conation
assumes upon the different levels of that life.
- Samuel Alexander

What is the meaning of the togetherness of the perceiving mind,
in that peculiar modification of perceiving which makes
it perceive not a star but a tree,
and the tree itself, is a problem for philosophy.
- Samuel Alexander

You can mark in desire the rising of the tide,
as the appetite more and more invades the personality,
appealing, as it does, not merely to the sensory side of the self,
but to its ideal components as well.
- Samuel Alexander

It may be added, to prevent misunderstanding,
that when I speak of contemplated objects in this last
phrase as objects of contemplation,
the act of contemplation itself is of course an enjoyment.
- Samuel Alexander

Thus the same object may supply a practical perception
to one person and a speculative one to another,
or the same person may perceive it partly practically
and partly speculatively.
- Samuel Alexander

Hence, in desiring, the more the enjoyment is delayed,
the more fancy begins to weave about the object images of future fruition,
and to clothe the desired object with properties calculated to inflame the impulse.
- Samuel Alexander

Desire then is the invasion of the whole self by the wish,
which, as it invades, sets going more and more of the psychical processes;
but at the same time,
so long as it remains desire, does not succeed in getting possession of the self.
- Samuel Alexander

When we come to images or memories or thoughts,
speculation, while always closely related to practice,
is more explicit, and it is in fact not immediately
obvious that such processes can be described in any sense as practical.
- Samuel Alexander

Happiness doesn't depend on any external conditions,
it is governed by our mental attitude.
- Dale Carnegie

Nothing can stop the man with the right
mental attitude from achieving his goal;
nothing on earth can help the man
with the wrong mental attitude.
- Thomas Jefferson

Never do anything that taints your mind.
Wrong actions cause negative or evil mental vibrations
that are reflected in your whole appearance and personality.
Engage in those actions and thoughts that nurture
the good qualities you want to have.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

Stress is nothing more than a
socially acceptable form of mental illness.
- Richard Carlson

When prayer removes distrust and doubt
and enters the field of mental certainty,
it becomes faith; and the universe is built on faith.
- Ernest Holmes

Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind
a mental picture of yourself as succeeding.
Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade.
Your mind will seek to develop the picture...
Do not build up obstacles in your imagination.
- Norman Vincent Peale

The ability to be in the present moment
is a major component of mental wellness.
- Abraham Maslow

The soul loves to meditate,
for in contact with the Spirit lies its greatest joy.
If, then you experience mental resistance during meditation,
remember that reluctance to meditate comes from the ego;
it doesn't belong to the soul.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth,
so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind.
To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again.
To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over
the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.
- Henry David Thoreau

Love is a grave mental disease.
- Plato

Bodybuilding is much like any other sport.
To be successful, you must dedicate yourself 100% to your training,
diet and mental approach.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger

When everything else physical and mental seems to diminish,
the appreciation of beauty is on the increase.
- Bernard Berenson

I'm by no means condemning prescription medicine for mental health.
I've seen it save a lot of people's lives.
- Zach Braff

I believe it is important for people to create a healthy
mental environment in which to accomplish daily tasks.
- Darren L. Johnson

You must also give mental and physical fitness priority.
- Jim Otto

Success or failure in business is caused more by the
mental attitude even than by mental capacities.
- Walter Scott

Faith, to my mind, is a stiffening process,
a sort of mental starch.
- E. M. Forster

Complete peace equally reigns between two mental waves.
- Swami Sivananda

The world's mental.
- the movie Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

When an idea exclusively occupies the mind,
it is transformed into an actual physical or mental state.
- Swami Vivekananda

Mental toughness is to physical as four is to one.
- Bobby Knight

You always feel better when you sing.
Music touches people's hearts.
You know, it doesn't go through your mental capacity,
it just moves you and it will let you cry.
It's worth it doing a show
and when you touch a crowd
and move yourself at the same
- Jewel

In the beginning, I was searching for myself in my music.
My music was for me.
I didn't have the mental room to be conscious of the listener;
I wrote to save myself.
- Ayumi Hamasaki

I think the extent to which I have any balance at all,
any mental balance, is because of being a farm kid
and being raised in those isolated rural areas.
- James Earl Jones

Jealousy...
is a mental cancer.
- B. C. Forbes

You can never turn the clock back and,
since we're talking about mental health,
I would stress that.
- Peter Shilton

Americans cannot realize how many chances for mental
improvement they lose by their inveterate habit of
keeping six conversations when there are twelve in the room.
- Ernest Dimnet

But when you're deprived of it for a lengthy period
then you value human companionship.
But you have to survive and so you devise all kinds
of mental exercises and it's amazing.
- Wole Soyinka

Abstraction is a mental process we use when trying
to discern what is essential or relevant to a problem;
it does not require a belief in abstract entities.
- Tom G. Palmer

Old age is a special problem for me because I've never
been able to shed the mental image I have of myself -
a lad of about 19.
- E. B. White

Reading Stephen King's book, On Writing,
was like being cornered and forced to have a long,
drawn out mental enema.
- Mary Garden

I do not recollect when I had such a mental treat.
- Abigail Fillmore

Talent is nothing but a prolonged period of attention
and a shortened period of mental assimilation.
- Konstantin Stanislavisky

Visualize this thing that you want, see it,
feel it, believe in it.
Make your mental blue print, and begin to build.
- Robert Collier

We cannot suppose therefore that God has made an order of beings,
with such mental qualities and powers,
for the sole purpose of being used as beasts,
or instruments of labour.
- Thomas Clarkson

I attribute my success to my mental approach to the game.
I have always been a serious student of umpiring.
I enjoy studying rules, situations, and positioning.
- Jim Evans

There is no relation to sound for deaf people.
It is a totally different mental process.
- Richard Masur

One often forms a mental image of an artist through
his work and is often disappointed on meeting him.
- Alun Hoddinott

The habit of common and continuous speech is a symptom of mental deficiency.
It proceeds from not knowing what is going on in other people's minds.
- Walter Bagehot

Women ought to feel a peculiar sympathy in the colored man's wrong,
for, like him, she has been accused of mental inferiority,
and denied the privileges of a liberal education.
- Angelina Grimke

Acting is the physical representation of a mental picture
and the projection of an emotional concept.
- Laurette Taylor

Myth is an attempt to narrate a whole human experience,
of which the purpose is too deep, going too deep in the blood and soul,
for mental explanation or description.
- David Herbert Lawrence

Greed probably figures in my intellectual life as well,
as I attempt to absorb a massive amount of information
with consequent mental indigestion.
- Etty Hillesum

Europe is no longer Europe, it is Eurabia,
a colony of Islam, where the Islamic invasion does
not proceed only in a physical sense,
but also in a mental and cultural sense.
- Oriana Fallaci

The making of an Atheist implies a mental stimulation
and training which brings into play the primary factors of social progress.
- Joseph McCabe


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