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    henri frederic amiel Quotes

    The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings.
    — Henri Frederic Amiel
    tags: men 
     
    Men don't achieve truth because they lack humility and love of truth. They won't criticize their own beliefs. Truth would overwhelm them.
    — Henri Frederic Amiel
    tags: belief  truth  men  humility  achieve 
     
    Music is harmony, harmony is perfection, perfection is our dream, and our dream is heaven.
    — Henri Frederic Amiel
    A thousand things advance; nine hundred and ninety nine retreat; That is progress.
    — Henri Frederic Amiel
    tags: progress 
     
    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
    tags: men  possibility  passion 
     
    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.
    — Henri Frederic Amiel
    tags: women  wishes 
     
    What we do not understand we have no right to judge
    — Henri Frederic Amiel
    tags: right 
     
    Truth is not only violated by falsehood; it may be equally outraged by silence.
    — Henri Frederic Amiel
    tags: truth  silence 
     
    Destiny has two ways of crushing us - by refusing our wishes and by fulfilling them.
    — Henri Frederic Amiel
    tags: wishes 
     
    Materialism coarsens and petrifies everything, making everything vulgar, and every truth false.
    — Henri Frederic Amiel
    tags: truth  materialism 
     
    You desire to know the art of living, my friend? It is contained in one phrase: make use of suffering.
    — Henri Frederic Amiel
    Work while you have the light. You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you.
    — Henri Frederic Amiel
    tags: work  talent 
     
    Kindness is gladdening the hearts of those who are traveling the dark journey with us.
    — Henri Frederic Amiel
    tags: heart  kindness  journey  dark 
     
    Let mystery have its place in you ; do not be always turning up your whole soil with the ploughshare of self-examination, but leave a little fallow corner in your heart ready for any seed the winds may bring ...
    — Henri Frederic Amiel
    tags: heart  mystery 
     
    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
    The ideal doctor would be a man endowed with profound knowledge of life and of the soul, intuitively divining any suffering or disorder of whatever kind, and restoring peace by his mere presence.
    — Henri Frederic Amiel
    tags: men  peace  suffering  soul  doctor 
     
    True love is that which ennobles the personality, fortifies the heart, and sanctifies the existence.
    — Henri Frederic Amiel
    Mozart has the classic purity of light and the blue ocean; Beethoven the romantic grandeur which belongs to the storms of air and sea, and while the soul of Mozart seems to dwell on the ethereal peaks of Olympus, that of Beethoven climbs shuddering the storm-beaten sides of a Sinai. Blessed be they both! Each represents a moment of the ideal life, each does us good. Our love is due to both.
    — Henri Frederic Amiel
    tags: soul  moment  blessed  romantic 
     
    Learn to... be what you are, and learn to resign with a good grace all that you are not.
    — Henri Frederic Amiel
    tags: grace  learn 
     
    There is no respect for others without humility in one's self.
    — Henri Frederic Amiel
    tags: self  humility  respect 
     
    The best path through life is the highway.
    — Henri Frederic Amiel
    tags: path 
     
    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.
    — Henri Frederic Amiel
    tags: water  teaching  writing 
     
    Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.
    — Henri Frederic Amiel
    tags: gratitude 
     
    Life is an apprenticeship to the constant renunciations, to the steady failure of our claims, our hopes, our powers, our liberty.
    — Henri Frederic Amiel
    tags: failure  power  liberty  hope 
     
    Society lives by faith, and develops by science.
    — Henri Frederic Amiel
    tags: society  live  faith 
     
    So long as a person is capable of self-renewal they are a living being. -Henri
    — Henri Frederic Amiel
    tags: people  living 
     
    Clever people will recognize and tolerate nothing but cleverness.
    — Henri Frederic Amiel
    tags: people 
     
    In health there is freedom. Health is the first of all liberties.
    — Henri Frederic Amiel
    tags: health  freedom  liberty 
     
    Conquering any difficulty always gives one a secret joy, for it means pushing back a boundary-line and adding to one's liberty.
    — Henri Frederic Amiel
    tags: secret  joy  liberty 
     
    Our duty is to be useful, not according to our desires but according to our powers.
    — Henri Frederic Amiel
    tags: desires  power 
     
    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.
    — Henri Frederic Amiel
    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.
    — Henri Frederic Amiel
    tags: soul  attraction  key  song  music  learn  teaching  read 
     
    Charm is the quality in others that makes us more satisfied with ourselves.
    — Henri Frederic Amiel
    tags: quality  charm 
     
    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.
    — Henri Frederic Amiel
    tags: dying  moon 
     
    Doing easily what others find difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius.
    — Henri Frederic Amiel
    The germs of all things are in every heart, and the greatest criminals as well as the greatest heroes are but different modes of ourselves.
    — Henri Frederic Amiel
    tags: heart  hero  criminal 
     
    For purposes of action nothing is more useful than narrowness of thought combined with energy of will.
    — Henri Frederic Amiel
    tags: thoughts  action  energy 
     
    Philosophy starts with doubt and loves only truth.
    — Henri Frederic Amiel
    tags: truth  doubt  philosophy 
     
    To live we must conquer incessantly, we must have the courage to be happy.
    — Henri Frederic Amiel
    tags: live  courage 
     
    Our life is nothing, it is true, but our life is divine. A breath of nature annihilates us, but we surpass nature in penetrating far beyond her vast phantasmagoria to the changeless and the eternal.
    — Henri Frederic Amiel
    tags: nature  true  divine 
     
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