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Henri Frederic Amiel Quotes

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

An error is the more dangerous in proportion to the degree of truth which it contains.

Category: Mistakes

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.

Category: Music

The obscure only exists that it may cease to exist. In it lies the opportunity of all victory and all progress. Whether it call itself fatality, death, night, or matter, it is the pedestal of life, of light, of liberty and the spirit. For it represents resistance -- that is to say, the fulcrum of all activity, the occasion for its development and its triumph.

Category: Obscurity

Order is power.

Category: Order

Order is a great person's need and their true well being.

Category: Order

The fire which enlightens is the same fire which consumes.

Category: Passion

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.

Category: Passion

The man who insists upon seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides. Accept life, and you must accept regret.

Category: Perfection

The philosopher is like a man fasting in the midst of universal intoxication. He alone perceives the illusion of which all creatures are the willing playthings; he is less duped than his neighbor by his own nature. He judges more sanely, he sees things as they are. It is in this that his liberty consists -- in the ability to see clearly and soberly, in the power of mental record.

Category: Philosophers And Philosophy

Our duty is to be useful, not according to our desires, but according to our powers.

Category: Power

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

Category: Relationships

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

Category: Respectability

To depersonalize man is the dominant drift of our times.

Category: Respectability

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

Category: Responsibility

To depersonalize man is the dominant drift of our times.

Category: Responsibility