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Quotations From HENRI-FRÉDÉRIC AMIEL

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  • 11.
    Thought is a kind of opium; it can intoxicate us, while still broad awake; it can make transparent the mountains and everything that exists.
    Henri-Frédéric Amiel (1821-1881), Swiss philosopher, poet. Journal Intime, entry for Feb. 3, 1857 (1882), trans. by Mrs. Humphry Ward (1892).
  • 12.
    Common sense is the measure of the possible; it is composed of experience and prevision; it is calculation appled to life.
    Henri-Frédéric Amiel (1821-1881), Swiss philosopher, poet. Journal Intime, entry for Nov. 12, 1852 (1882), trans. by Mrs. Humphry Ward (1892).

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  • 13.
    Without passion man is a mere latent force and possibility, like the flint which awaits the shock of the iron before it can give forth its spark.
    Henri-Frédéric Amiel (1821-1881), Swiss philosopher, poet. Journal Intime, entry for December 17, 1856 (1882), trans. by Mrs. Humphrey Ward (1892).

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  • 14.
    Action is only coarsened thought—thought becomes concrete, obscure, and unconscious.
    Henri-Frédéric Amiel (1821-1881), Swiss philosopher, poet. Journal entry, December 30, 1850.

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  • 15.
    Cleverness is serviceable for everything, sufficient for nothing.
    Henri-Frédéric Amiel (1821-1881), Swiss philosopher, poet. Journal entry, Feb. 16, 1868.
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