Varieties of Religious Experience constitutes, I fear me, the average range of knowledge of ""what William James said"". And that is hearsay to more people than not. Now comes this anthology of sayings, quotations, apt commentary on the passing scene, arranged under headings such as the Moral Life, Education and Practical Wisdom, Friendship, Art and Literature, Travel Notes, National Traits, War and Peace, Faith, Religion, God, Knowledge, Freedom, etc. etc. Much of it has a sense of familiarity; can it be that he has become part of common speech? Revealing -- but to what end? Except for public speakers seeking an apt quotation -- who uses this sort of book?