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Henri Frederic Amiel QUOTES / QUOTATIONS
Action and faith enslave thought, both of them in order not be troubled or inconvenienced by reflection, criticism, and doubt.
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Action is coarsened thought; thought becomes concrete, obscure, and unconscious.
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Action is only coarsened thought; thought becomes concrete, obscure, and unconscious.
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An error is the more dangerous in proportion to the degree of truth which it contains.
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Analysis kills spontaneity. The grain once ground into flour springs and germinates no more.
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Any landscape is a condition of the spirit.
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Blessed be childhood, which brings down something of heaven into the midst of our rough earthliness.
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Charm is the quality in others, that makes us more satisfied with ourselves.
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Clever people will recognize and tolerate nothing but cleverness.
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Cleverness is serviceable for everything, sufficient for nothing.
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Common sense is calculation applied to life.
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Common sense is the measure of the possible; it is composed of experience and prevision; it is calculation applied to life.
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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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Destiny has two ways of crushing us - by refusing our wishes and by fulfilling them.
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Doing easily what others find difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius.
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Every life is a profession of faith, and exercises an inevitable and silent influence.
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Everything you need for better future and success has already been written. And guess what? All you have to do is go to the library.
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For purposes of action nothing is more useful than narrowness of thought combined with energy of will.
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Great men are true men, the men in whom nature has succeeded. They are not extraordinary - they are in the true order. It is the other species of men who are not what they ought to be.
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He who asks of life nothing but the improvement of his own nature... is less liable than anyone else to miss and waste life.
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I'm not interested in age. People who tell me their age are silly. You're as old as you feel.
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If nationality is consent, the state is compulsion.
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In every loving woman there is a priestess of the past - a pious guardian of some affection, of which the object has disappeared.
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In health there is freedom. Health is the first of all liberties.
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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.
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It is not what he had, or even what he does which expresses the worth of a man, but what he is.
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Learn to... be what you are, and learn to resign with a good grace all that you are not.
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Let us be true: this is the highest maxim of art and of life, the secret of eloquence and of virtue, and of all moral authority.
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Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are travelling the dark journey with us. Oh be swift to love, make haste to be kind.
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Life is short and we never have enough time for gladdening the hearts of those who travel the way with us. Oh, be swift to love! Make haste to be kind.
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Man becomes man only by his intelligence, but he is man only by his heart.
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Materialism coarsens and petrifies everything, making everything vulgar, and every truth false.
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Music is harmony, harmony is perfection, perfection is our dream, and our dream is heaven.
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Mutual respect implies discretion and reserve even in love itself; it means preserving as much liberty as possible to those whose life we share. We must distrust our instinct of intervention, for the desire to make one's own will prevail is often disguised under the mask of solicitude.
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Order is a great person's need and their true well being.
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Order is power.
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Our duty is to be useful, not according to our desires but according to our powers.
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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.
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Pure truth cannot be assimilated by the crowd; it must be communicated by contagion.
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Sacrifice still exists everywhere, and everywhere the elect of each generation suffers for the salvation of the rest.
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Sacrifice, which is the passion of great souls, has never been the law of societies.
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Self-interest is but the survival of the animal in us. Humanity only begins for man with self-surrender.
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So long as a person is capable of self-renewal they are a living being.
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Society lives by faith, and develops by science.
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Sympathy is the first condition of criticism.
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Tears are the symbol of the inability of the soul to restrain its emotion and retain its self command.
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Tell me what you feel in your room when the full moon is shining in upon you and your lamp is dying out, and I will tell you how old you are, and I shall know if you are happy.
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Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.
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The best path through life is the highway.
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The fire which enlightens is the same fire which consumes.
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The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings.
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The man who insists on seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides.
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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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The only substance properly so called is the soul.
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The test of every religious, political, or educational system is the man that it forms.
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There is no respect for others without humility in one's self.
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Thought is a kind of opium; it can intoxicate us, while still broad awake; it can make transparent the mountains and everything that exists.
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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.
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To know how to suggest is the great art of teaching. To attain it we must be able to guess what will interest; we must learn to read the childish soul as we might a piece of music. Then, by simply changing the key, we keep up the attraction and vary the song.
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To live we must conquer incessantly, we must have the courage to be happy.
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To marry unequally is to suffer equally.
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To shun one's cross is to make it heavier.
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True humility is contentment.
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Truth is not only violated by falsehood; it may be equally outraged by silence.
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Uncertainty is the refuge of hope.
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We are never more discontented with others than when we are discontented with ourselves.
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We only understand that which already within us.
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What we call little things are merely the causes of great things; they are the beginning, the embryo, and it is the point of departure which, generally speaking, decides the whole future of an existence. One single black speck may be the beginning of a gangrene, of a storm, of a revolution.
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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.
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Woman is the salvation or the destruction of the family. She carries its destiny in the folds of her mantle.
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Women wish to be loved without a why or a wherefore; not because they are pretty, or good, or well-bred, or graceful, or intelligent, but because they are themselves.
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Work while you have the light. You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you.
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