Henri Frédéric Amiel

Henri Frédéric
Amiel
1821
1881

Swiss, Philosopher, Poet and Critic, Christian Mystic

Author Quotes

It is not what he had, or even what he does which expresses the worth of man, but what he is.

It is dangerous to abandon one's self to the luxury of grief; it deprives one of courage, and even the wish for recovery.

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

Without faith a man can do nothing. But faith can stifle all science.

What we do not understand we have no right to judge.

What is an intelligent man? A man who enters with ease and completeness into the spirit of things and the intention of persons, and who arrives at an end by the shortest route.

Truth is the secret of eloquence and virtue, the basis of moral authority; it is the highest summit of art and of life.

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

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

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

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.

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.

Time is but the measure of the difficulty of a conception. Pure thought has scarcely any need of time, since it perceives the two ends of an idea almost at the same moment.

Time and space are fragments of the infinite for the use of finite creatures.

There is no curing a sick man who believes himself in health.

There are two sorts of pride: one in which we approve ourselves, the other in which we cannot accept ourselves.

The whole secret of remaining young in spite of years, and even of gray hairs, is to cherish enthusiasm in oneself, by poetry, by contemplation, by charity, - that is, in fewer words, the maintenance of harmony in the soul. When everything is in its right place within us, we ourselves are in its right place within us, we ourselves are in equilibrium with the whole work of God. Deep and grave enthusiasm for the eternal beauty and the eternal order, reason touched with emotion and a serene tenderness of heart - these surely are the foundations of wisdom.

The universe is but a kaleidoscope which turns within the mind of the so-called thinking being, who is himself a curiosity without a cause, an accident conscious of the great accident around him, and who amuses himself with it so long as the phenomenon of his vision lasts.

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

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.

The man who insists upon seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides. Accept life, and you cannot accept regret.

The man who has no inner life is the slave of his surroundings.

The highest function today of the teacher consists not so much in imparting knowledge as in stimulating the pupil in its love and pursuit... To know how to suggest is the art of teaching.

Society rests upon conscience and not upon science.

Religion is not a method, it is a life, a higher and supernatural life, mystical in its root and practical in its fruits; a communion with good, a calm and deep enthusiasm, a love which radiates, a force which acts, a happiness which overflows.

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First Name
Henri Frédéric
Last Name
Amiel
Birth Date
1821
Death Date
1881
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Swiss, Philosopher, Poet and Critic, Christian Mystic