141 Total Quotes

Henri+Frederic Amiel Quotes

Henri Frederic Amiel
We are never more discontented with others than when we are discontented with ourselves.
Henri Frederic Amiel
#Relationships

Henri Frederic Amiel
Tears are the symbol of the inability of the soul to restrain its emotion and retain its self command.
Henri Frederic Amiel
#Tears #Emotions

Henri Frederic Amiel
Destiny has two ways of crushing us -- by refusing our wishes and by fulfilling them.
Henri Frederic Amiel
#Destiny #Fate #Swiss Philosopher

Henri Frederic Amiel
For purposes of action nothing is more useful than narrowness of thought combined with energy of will
Henri Frederic Amiel
#Action

Henri Frederic Amiel
Truth is not only violated by falsehood; it may be equally outraged by silence
Henri Frederic Amiel
#Falsehood

Henri Frederic Amiel
Thought is a kind of opium; it can intoxicate us, while still broad awake; it can make transparent the mountains and everything that exists.
Henri Frederic Amiel
#Thoughts And Thinking #Mountains

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
#Birthday #Age And Aging

Henri Frederic Amiel
A lively, disinterested, persistent liking for truth is extraordinarily rare. Action and faith enslave thought, both of them in order not to be troubled or inconvenienced by reflection, criticism or doubt.
Henri Frederic Amiel
#Action

Henri Frederic Amiel
Self-interest is but the survival of the animal in us. Humanity only begins for man with self-surrender.
Henri Frederic Amiel
#Humanity #Self-interest

Henri Frederic Amiel
To marry unequally is to suffer equally.
Henri Frederic Amiel
#Marriage #Equality

Henri Frederic Amiel
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
Henri Frederic Amiel
#Force

Henri Frederic Amiel
Music is harmony, harmony is perfection, perfection is our dream, and our dream is heaven
Henri Frederic Amiel
#Harmony

Henri Frederic Amiel
Cleverness is serviceable for everything, sufficient for nothing
Henri Frederic Amiel
#Cleverness

Henri Frederic Amiel
To shun one's cross is to make it heavier.
Henri Frederic Amiel
#Responsibility

Henri Frederic Amiel
Pure truth cannot be assimilated by the crowd; it must be communicated by contagion.
Henri Frederic Amiel
#Communication

Henri Frederic Amiel
Let us be true: this is the highest maxim of art and of life, the secret of eloquence and of virtue, and of all moral authority
Henri Frederic Amiel
#Art

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. There is no real piety without heroism. Heroism is the dazzling and glorious con
Henri Frederic Amiel
#Fear

Henri Frederic Amiel
Sacrifice, which is the passion of great souls, has never been the law of societies.
Henri Frederic Amiel
#Sacrifice #Law

Henri Frederic Amiel
The man who insists upon seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides. Accept life, and you must accept regret.
Henri Frederic Amiel
#Perfection

Henri Frederic 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
#Discretion