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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    The man who insists upon seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides. Accept life, and you must accept regret.
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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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    An error is the more dangerous the more truth 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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