William James quote about life from The Varieties of Religious Experience - Knowledge about life is one thing; effective occupation of a place in life, with its dynamic currents passing through your being, is another.
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Knowledge about life is one thing; effective occupation of a place in life, with its dynamic currents passing through your being, is another.
 William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience (1902). copy citation

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“The name of Renan would doubtless occur to many persons as an example of the way in which breadth of knowledge may make one only a dilettante in possibilities, and blunt the acuteness of one's living faith.330 If religion be a function by which either God's cause or man's cause is to be really advanced, then he who lives the life of it, however narrowly, is a better servant than he who merely knows about it, however much. Knowledge about life is one thing; effective occupation of a place in life, with its dynamic currents passing through your being, is another.
For this reason, the science of religions may not be an equivalent for living religion; and if we turn to the inner difficulties of such a science, we see that a point comes when she must drop the purely theoretic attitude, and either let her knots remain uncut, or have them cut by active faith.” source

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