Principles of Psychology, 1890, W. James

William James, Principles of Psychology, 1890. Chapter 11, Attention.

William James b. 1842

William James b. 1842

“And the faculty of voluntarily bringing back a wandering attention, over and over again, is the very root of judgment, character, and will. No one is compos sui if he have it not. An education which should improve this faculty would be the education par excellence. But it is easier to define this ideal than to give practical directions for bringing it about.”

http://psychclassics.asu.edu/James/Principles/prin11.htm

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