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Henri Frederic Amiel Quotes

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

Destiny has two ways of crushing us -- by refusing our wishes and by fulfilling them.

Category: Fate

Doing easily what others find difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius.

Category: Genius

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.

Category: Genius

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.

Category: Giving

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.

Category: Greatness

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

Category: Happiness

Every life is a profession of faith, and exercises an inevitable and silent influence.

Category: Influence

Clever people will recognize and tolerate nothing but cleverness.

Category: Intelligence And Intellectuals

Mutual respect implies discretion and reserve even in love itself; it means preserving as much liberty as possible to those whose life we share. We must distrust our instinct of intervention, for the desire to make one's own will prevail is often disguised under the mask of solicitude.

Category: Intervention

Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are travelling the dark journey with us. Oh be swift to love, make haste to be kind.

Category: Life And Living

Women wish to be loved not because they are pretty, or good, or well bred, or graceful, or intelligent, but because they are themselves.

Category: Love

In every loving woman there is a priestess of the past -- a pious guardian of some affection, of which the object has disappeared.

Category: Lovers

To marry unequally is to suffer equally.

Category: Marriage

Materialism coarsens and petrifies everything, making everything vulgar, and every truth false.

Category: Materialism

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.

Category: Melancholy