Henri Frederic Amiel Quotes

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.

Henri Frederic Amiel

Learn to... be what you are, and learn to resign with a good grace all that you are not.

Henri Frederic Amiel

To win true peace, a man needs to feel himself directed, pardoned, and sustained by a supreme power, to feel himself in the right road, at the point where God would have him be - in order with God and the universe. This faith gives strength and calm.

Henri Frederic Amiel

A modest garden contains, for those who know how to look and to wait, more instruction than a library.

Henri Frederic Amiel

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

Henri Frederic Amiel

Heroism is the brilliant triumph of the soul over the flesh, that is to say over fear: fear of poverty, of suffering, of calumny, of illness, of loneliness and of death.

Henri Frederic Amiel

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

Henri Frederic Amiel

Liberty, equality - bad principles! The only true principle for humanity is justice; and justice to the feeble is protection and kindness.

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 Frédéric Amiel

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.

Henri Frederic Amiel

Clever people will recognize and tolerate nothing but cleverness.

Henri Frederic Amiel

A belief is not true because it is useful.

Henri Frederic Amiel

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

Henri Frederic Amiel

True humility is contentment.

Henri Frederic Amiel

Work while you have the light. You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you.

Henri Frederic Amiel

Sympathy is the first condition of criticism.

Henri Frederic Amiel
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