Quotations From HENRI-FRÉDÉRIC AMIEL

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  • 1.
    Blessed be childhood, which brings down something of heaven into the midst of our rough earthliness.
    Henri-Frédéric Amiel (20th century), Swiss poet, philosopher.

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  • 2.
    Our systems, perhaps, are nothing more than an unconscious apology for our faults—a gigantic scaffolding whose object is to hide from us our favorite sin.
    Henri-Frédéric Amiel (1821-1881), Swiss philosopher, poet. Journal Intime, entry, Aug. 13, 1865 (1882) trans. by Mrs. Humphrey Ward (1892).
  • 3.
    To do easily what is difficult for others is the mark of talent. To do what is impossible for talent is the mark of genius.
    Henri-Frédéric Amiel (1821-1881), Swiss philosopher, poet. Journal Intime, entry for Dec. 17, 1856 (1882), trans. by Mrs. Humphry Ward (1892).
  • 4.
    The man who insists upon seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides. Accept life, and you must accept regret.
    Henri-Frédéric Amiel (1821-1881), Swiss philosopher, poet. Journal Intime, entry for Dec. 17, 1856 (1882), trans. by Mrs. Humphrey Ward (1892).

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  • 5.
    Self-interest is but the survival of the animal in us. Humanity only begins for man with self-surrender.
    Henri-Frédéric Amiel (1821-1881), Swiss philosopher, poet. Journal Intime, entry for Dec. 17, 1856 (1882), trans. by Mrs. Humphrey Ward (1892).

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  • 6.
    An error is the more dangerous in proportion to the degree of truth which it contains.
    Henri-Frédéric Amiel (1821-1881), Swiss philosopher, poet. Journal Intime, entry for November 12, 1852 (1882), trans. by Mrs. Humphrey Ward (1892).

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  • 7.
    It is by teaching that we teach ourselves, by relating that we observe, by affirming that we examine, by showing that we look, by writing that we think, by pumping that we draw water into the well.
    Henri-Frédéric Amiel (1821-1881), Swiss philosopher, poet. Journal Intime, entry for Oct. 27, 1853 (1882), trans. by Mrs. Humphry Ward (1892).

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  • 8.
    In every loving woman there is a priestess of the past—a pious guardian of some affection, of which the object has disappeared.
    Henri-Frédéric Amiel (1821-1881), Swiss philosopher, poet. Journal Intime, entry for December 11, 1872 (1882), trans. by Mrs. Humphrey Ward (1892).

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  • 9.
    Uncertainty is the refuge of hope.
    Henri-Frédéric Amiel (1821-1881), Swiss philosopher, poet. Journal Intime, entry for January 23, 1881 (1882), trans. by Mrs. Humphry Ward (1892).

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  • 10.
    If nationality is consent, the state is compulsion.
    Henri-Frédéric Amiel (1821-1881), Swiss philosopher, poet. Journal Intime, entry for Dec. 17, 1856 (1882), trans. by Mrs. Humphrey Ward (1892).
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