Henri Frederic Amiel

1821 - 1881

A Quote by Henri Frédéric Amiel on greatness, extraordinary, and nature

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.

Henri Frederic Amiel (1821 - 1881)

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A Quote by Henri Frederic Amiel on test, religion, politics, systems, conscience, injury, and character

The test of every religious, political, or educational system, is the man which it forms.  If a system injures the intelligence it is bad.  If it injures the character it is vicious.  If it injures the conscience it is criminal.

Henri Frederic Amiel (1821 - 1881)

Source: Heart Failure: Diary Of A Third Year Medical Student

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A Quote by Henri Frédéric Amiel on grace, individuality, and happiness

"Learn to limit yourself; to content yourself with some definite work; dare to be what you are and learn to resign with good grace all that you are not; and to believe in your own individuality."

Henri Frederic Amiel (1821 - 1881)

Source: Journal intime, 1821-1881

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A Quote by Henri Frédéric Amiel on death, eternity, gloom, justice, life, love, melancholy, secrets, seriousness, soul, universe, and world

Melancholy is at the bottom of everything, just as at the end of all rivers is the sea. Can it be otherwise in a world where nothing lasts, where all that we have loved or shall love must die? Is death, then, the secret of life? The gloom of an eternal mourning enwraps, more or less closely, every serious and thoughtful soul, as night enwraps the universe.

Henri Frederic Amiel (1821 - 1881)

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A Quote by Henri Frédéric Amiel on business, duty, and life

A man must be able to cut a knot, for everything cannot be untied; he must know how to disengage what is essential from the detail in which it is enwrapped, for everything cannot be equally considered; in a word, he must be able to simplify his duties, his business and his life.

Henri Frederic Amiel (1821 - 1881)

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A Quote by Henri Frédéric Amiel on problems

At the bottom of the modern man there is always a great thirst for self-forgetfulness, self-distraction . . . and therefore he turns away from all those problems and abysses which might recall to him his own nothingness.

Henri Frederic Amiel (1821 - 1881)

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A Quote by Henri Frédéric Amiel on spontaneity

Analysis kills spontaneity. The grain once ground into flour springs and germinates no more.

Henri Frederic Amiel (1821 - 1881)

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A Quote by Henri Frédéric Amiel on responsibility, talent, and work

Work while you have the light. You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you.

Henri Frederic Amiel (1821 - 1881)

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A Quote by Henri Frédéric Amiel on progress

A thousand things advance; nine hundred and ninety-nine retreat: that is progress.

Henri Frederic Amiel (1821 - 1881)

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A Quote by Henri Frédéric Amiel on beginning and silence

He who is silent is forgotten; he who does not advance falls back; he who stops is overwhelmed; out distanced, crushed; he who ceases t grow becomes smaller; he who leaves off, gives up; the condition of standing still is the beginning of the end.

Henri Frederic Amiel (1821 - 1881)

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