Quotation by William James

Our passional nature not only lawfully may, but must, decide an option between propositions, whenever it is a genuine option that cannot by its nature be decided on intellectual grounds; for to say, under such circumstances, "Do not decide, but leave the question open," is itself a passional decision—just like deciding yes or no—and is attended with the same risk of losing the truth.
William James (1842–1910), U.S. philosopher, psychologist. Originally published in the New World (1896). "The Will to Believe," Essays in Pragmatism, ed. Alburey Castell (1948).

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