Rate this quote:(4.33 / 3 votes)Say it
A genius is the man in whom you are least likely to find the power of attending to anything insipid or distasteful in itself. He breaks his engagements, leaves his letters unanswered, neglects his family duties incorrigibly, because he is powerless to turn his attention down and back from those more interesting trains of imagery with which his genius constantly occupies his mind.
Edit this quote...

William James

United States pragmatic philosopher and psychologist (1842-1910)

All William James quotes | William James Books

★ FAVORITE (10 votes)


Find a translation for this quote in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss this William James quote with the community:

Quote of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE inspiring quote delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this quote to your bibliography:


"William James Quotes." Quotes.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2015. Web. 26 Nov. 2015. <http://www.quotes.net/quote/43389>.

We need you!

Help build the largest human-edited quotes collection on the web!

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.