Henri-Frederic Amiel Quotes

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Henri-Frederic Amiel Quotes

The man who has no inner life is the slave of his surroundings.
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A belief is not true because it is useful

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It is not what he has, nor even what he does, which directly expresses the worth of a man, but what he is.

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The man who insists upon seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides. Accept life, and you must accept regret.

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All appears to change when we change

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Our duty is to be useful, not according to our desires but according to our powers.

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Music is harmony, harmony is perfection, perfection is our dream, and our dream is heaven.

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Conquering any difficulty always gives one a secret joy, for it means pushing back a boundary line and adding to one's liberty.

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I begin to realize that my memory is a great catacomb, and that below my actual standing-ground there is layer after layer of historical ashes.
Is the life of mind something like that of great trees of immemorial growth? Is the living layer of consciousness super-imposed upon hundreds of dead layers? Dead? No doubt this is too much to say, but still, when memory is slack the past becomes almost as though it had never been. To remember that we did know once is not a sign of possession but a sign of loss; it is like the number of an engraving which is no longer on its nail, the title of a volume no longer to be found on its shelf. My mind is the empty frame of a thousand vanished images.

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Any landscape is a condition of the spirit.

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Uncertainty is the refuge of hope.

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Doing easily what others find difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius.

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Spite is anger which is afraid to show itself, it is an impotent fury conscious of its impotence.

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Hope is only the love of life.

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The old generation is going. What will the new bring us? What shall we ourselves contribute? < ... > Destiny says to us: Show what is in thee! Now is the moment, now is the hour, else fall back into nothingness! It is thy turn! Give the world thy measure, say thy word, reveal thy nullity or thy capacity. Come forth from the shade! It is no longer a question of promising, thou must perform. The time of apprenticeship is over. Servant, show us what thou hast done with thy talent. Speak now, or be silent forever.

— Henri-Frederic Amiel

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