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Henri Frederic Amiel Quotes

(1821-1881), Swiss Philosopher, Poet, Critic

We become actors without realizing it, and actors without wanting to.

Category: Acting And Actors

Action and faith enslave thought, both of them in order not be troubled or inconvenienced by reflection, criticism, and doubt.

Category: Action

Action is coarsened thought; thought becomes concrete, obscure, and unconscious.

Category: Action

For purposes of action nothing is more useful than narrowness of thought combined with energy of will.

Category: Action

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.

Category: Age And Aging

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

Category: Analysis

Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.

Category: Appreciation

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.

Category: Belief

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

Category: Character

Charm is the quality in others that makes us more satisfied with ourselves.

Category: Charm

Cleverness is serviceable for everything, sufficient for nothing.

Category: Cleverness

Common sense is calculation applied to life.

Category: Common Sense

Common sense is the measure of the possible; it is composed of experience and prevision; it is calculation applied to life.

Category: Common Sense

Pure truth cannot be assimilated by the crowd; it must be communicated by contagion.

Category: Communication

The best path through life is the highway.

Category: Direction