Quotes by Henri-Frédéric Amiel

Henri-Frédéric Amiel

Henri-Frédéric Amiel

Swiss philosopher and poet

Alive from: 1821-1881

Category: Philosophers | Poets (Contemporary) | CountryFranstalig Zwitserland

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    If nationality is consent, the state is compulsion.
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    In every loving woman there is a priestess of the past - a pious guardian of some affection, of which the object has disappeared.
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    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.
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    It is not what he had, or even what he does which expresses the worth of a man, but what he is.
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    Learn to limit yourself, to content yourself with some definite thing, and some definite work; dare to be what you are, and learn to resign with a good grace all that you are not and to believe in your own individuality.
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    Liberty, equality - bad principles! The only true principle for humanity is justice; and justice to the feeble is protection and kindness.
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    Materialism coarsens and petrifies everything, making everything vulgar, and every truth false.
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    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.
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    Order is a great person's need and their true well being.
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    Our duty is to be useful, not according to our desires, but according to our powers.
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    Our systems, perhaps, are nothing more than an unconscious apology for our faults -a gigantic scaffolding whose object is to hide from us our favorite sin.
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    Pure truth cannot be assimilated by the crowd; it must be communicated by contagion.
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    Sacrifice still exists everywhere, and everywhere the elect of each generation suffers for the salvation of the rest.
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    Sacrifice, which is the passion of great souls, has never been the law of societies.
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    Self-interest is but the survival of the animal in us. Humanity only begins for man with self-surrender.
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