Believe that life is worth living

“Do not be afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create facts. "

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

William James, "Is Life Worth Living ?," The Will to Believe and Other Essays in Popular Philosophy (1897).
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Last updated December 18, 2019. History

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