Quotation by William James

The man who knows governments most completely is he who troubles himself least about a definition which shall give their essence. Enjoying an intimate acquaintance with all their particularities in turn, he would naturally regard an abstract conception in which these were unified as a thing more misleading than enlightening.
William James (1842–1910), U.S. philosopher, psychologist. Originally published 1903. Varieties of Religious Experience, lecture 2, New York (1961).
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