Henri-Frédéric Amiel

Swiss philosopher and poet

Lived from: 1821-1881

Category: Philosophers | Poets (Contemporary)

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    To know how to grow old is the master work of wisdom, and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living.
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    Common sense is the measure of the possible; it is composed of experience and prevision; it is calculation applied to life.
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    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.
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    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.
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    An error is the more dangerous in proportion to the degree of truth which it contains.
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    Charm is the quality in others that makes us more satisfied with ourselves.
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    Clever people will recognize and tolerate nothing but cleverness.
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    Cleverness is serviceable for everything, sufficient for nothing.
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    Common sense is calculation applied to life.
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    Destiny has two ways of crushing us - by refusing our wishes and by fulfilling them.
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    Doing easily what others find difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius.
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    Every life is a profession of faith, and exercises an inevitable and silent influence.
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    For purposes of action nothing is more useful than narrowness of thought combined with energy of will.
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    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.
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    He who asks of life nothing but the improvement of his own nature… is less liable than anyone else to miss and waste life.
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