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Henri Frederic Amiel Quotes


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There is no respect for others without humility in one's self.
 

Thought is a kind of opium; it can intoxicate us, while still broad awake; it can make transparent the mountains and everything that exists.
 

Time wasted is a theft from God.
[One Day]
 

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.
 

To know how to grow old is the master-work of wisdom, and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living.
[Age]
 

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.
[Teaching]
 

To learn new habits is everything, for it is to reach the substance of life. Life is but a tissue of habits.
[One Day]
 

To live we must conquer incessantly, we must have the courage to be happy.
[Happiness]
 

To marry unequally is to suffer equally.
 

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

To win true peace, a man needs to feel himself directed, pardoned and sustained by a supreme power, to feel himself in the right road, at the point where God would have him be-in order with God and the universe. This faith gives strength and calm.
 

True humility is contentment.
 

Truth is not only violated by falsehood; it may be equally outraged by silence.
[Truth]
 

Uncertainty is the refuge of hope.
 

Unconsciousness, spontaneity, instinct ... hold us to the earth and dictate the relatively good and useful.
[Instincts]
 

We are never more discontented with others than when we are discontented with ourselves.
 

We must have the courage to be happy.
[Courage]
 

We only understand that which already within us.
 

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.
[Enthusiasm]
 

Woman is the salvation or the destruction of the family. She carries its destiny in the folds of her mantle.
[Family]
 


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