Quotes by Henri Frederic Amiel


There is no respect for others without humility in one's self.
– Henri Frederic Amiel
A man must be able to cut a knot, for everything cannot be untied; he must know how to disengage what is essential from the detail in which it is enwrapped, for everything cannot be equally considered; in a word, he must be able to simplify his duties, his business and his life.
– Henri Frederic Amiel
Action and faith enslave thought, both of them in order not be troubled or inconvenienced by reflection, criticism, and doubt.
– Henri Frederic Amiel
Action is coarsened thought; thought becomes concrete, obscure, and unconscious.
– Henri Frederic Amiel
An error is the more dangerous in proportion to the degree of truth which it contains.
– Henri Frederic Amiel
Analysis kills spontaneity. The grain once ground into flour springs and germinates no more.
– Henri Frederic Amiel
Charm is the quality in others, that makes us more satisfied with ourselves.
– Henri Frederic Amiel
Clever people will recognize and tolerate nothing but cleverness.
– Henri Frederic Amiel
Cleverness is serviceable for everything, sufficient for nothing.
– Henri Frederic Amiel
Common sense is the measure of the possible; it is composed of experience and prevision; it is calculation applied to life.
– Henri Frederic Amiel
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
Destiny has two ways of crushing us - by refusing our wishes and by fulfilling them.
– Henri Frederic Amiel
Every life is a profession of faith, and exercises an inevitable and silent influence.
– Henri Frederic Amiel
Everything you need for better future and success has already been written. And guess what? All you have to do is go to the library.
– Henri Frederic Amiel
For purposes of action nothing is more useful than narrowness of thought combined with energy of will.
– Henri Frederic Amiel
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.
– Henri Frederic Amiel
He who asks of life nothing but the improvement of his own nature... is less liable than anyone else to miss and waste life.
– Henri Frederic Amiel
I'm not interested in age. People who tell me their age are silly. You're as old as you feel.
– Henri Frederic Amiel
If nationality is consent, the state is compulsion.
– Henri Frederic Amiel
In every loving woman there is a priestess of the past - a pious guardian of some affection, of which the object has disappeared.
– Henri Frederic Amiel