Quotation by William James

A little cooling down of animal excitability and instinct, a little loss of animal toughness, a little irritable weakness and descent of the pain-threshold, will bring the worm at the core of all our usual springs of delight into full view, and turn us into melancholy metaphysicians.
William James (1842–1910), U.S. psychologist, philosopher. The Varieties of Religious Experience, lectures 6 and 7 (1902).
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