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Henri Frederic Amiel Quotes

Nothing resembles pride so much as discouragement.
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There is no respect for others without humility in one's self.

— Henri Frederic Amiel

Every life is a profession of faith, and exercises an inevitable and silent influence.

— Henri Frederic Amiel

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 Frederic Amiel

Self-interest is but the survival of the animal in us. Humanity only begins for man with self-surrender.

— Henri Frederic Amiel

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 Frederic Amiel

To shun one's cross is to make it heavier.

— Henri Frederic Amiel

Sympathy is the first condition of criticism.

— Henri Frederic Amiel

The more a man loves, the more he suffers. The sum of possible grief for each soul is in proportion to its degree of perfection.

— Henri Frederic Amiel

It is work which gives flavor to life.

— Henri Frederic Amiel

I can find no words for what I feel. My consciousness is withdrawn into itself; I hear my heart beating, and my life passing. It seems to me that I have become a statue on the banks of the river of time, that I am the spectator of some mystery, and shall issue from it old, or no longer capable of age.

— Henri Frederic Amiel

The mind must have for ballast the clear conception of duty, if it is not to fluctuate between levity and despair.

— Henri Frederic Amiel

The unfinished is nothing.

— Henri Frederic Amiel

Oh be swift to live, make haste to be kind.

— Henri Frederic Amiel

Obstinacy is will asserting itself without being able to justify itself. It is persistence without a reasonable motive. It is the tenacity of self-love substituted for that of reason and conscience.

— Henri Frederic Amiel

If ignorance and passion are the foes of popular morality, it must be confessed that moral indifference is the malady of the cultivated classes.

— Henri Frederic Amiel

When everything has its proper place in our minds, we are able to stand in equilibrium with the rest of the world.

— Henri Frederic Amiel

I find myself regarding existence as though from beyond the tomb, from another world; all is strange to me; I am, as it were, outside my own body and individuality; I am depersonalized, detached, cut adrift. Is this madness?

— Henri Frederic Amiel

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