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Henri Frederic Amiel Quotes

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

To shun one's cross is to make it heavier.

Category: Responsibility

Sacrifice still exists everywhere, and everywhere the elect of each generation suffers for the salvation of the rest.

Category: Sacrifice

Sacrifice, which is the passion of great souls, has never been the law of societies.

Category: Sacrifice

Our true history is scarcely ever deciphered by others. The chief part of the drama is a monologue, or rather an intimate debate between God, our conscience, and ourselves. Tears, grieves, depressions, disappointments, irritations, good and evil thoughts, decisions, uncertainties, deliberations --all these belong to our secret, and are almost all incommunicable and intransmissible, even when we try to speak of them, and even when we write them down.

Category: Secrets

He who asks of life nothing but the improvement of his own nature… is less liable than anyone else to miss and waste life.

Category: Self-improvement

Self-interest is but the survival of the animal in us. Humanity only begins for man with self-surrender.

Category: Self-interest

Society lives by faith, and develops by science.

Category: Society

The only substance properly so called is the soul.

Category: Soul

If nationality is consent, the state is compulsion.

Category: State

Sympathy is the first condition of criticism.

Category: Sympathy

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.

Category: Teachers And Teaching

Tears are the symbol of the inability of the soul to restrain its emotion and retain its self command.

Category: Tears

What we call little things are merely the causes of great things; they are the beginning, the embryo, and it is the point of departure which, generally speaking, decides the whole future of an existence. One single black speck may be the beginning of a gangrene, of a storm, of a revolution.

Category: Things And Little Things

Thought is a kind of opium; it can intoxicate us, while still broad awake; it can make transparent the mountains and everything that exists.

Category: Thoughts And Thinking

Uncertainty is the refuge of hope.

Category: Uncertainty