William James quote about feeling from The Varieties of Religious Experience - If merely 'feeling good' could decide, drunkenness would be the supremely valid human experience.
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If merely 'feeling good' could decide, drunkenness would be the supremely valid human experience.
 William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience (1902). copy citation

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“What immediately feels most «good» is not always most «true,» when [pg 016] measured by the verdict of the rest of experience. The difference between Philip drunk and Philip sober is the classic instance in corroboration. If merely «feeling good» could decide, drunkenness would be the supremely valid human experience. But its revelations, however acutely satisfying at the moment, are inserted into an environment which refuses to bear them out for any length of time. The consequence of this discrepancy of the two criteria is the uncertainty which still prevails over so many of our spiritual judgments.” source

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