Henri Frederic Amiel Quotes

Henri Frederic Amiel Quotes: For purposes of action nothing is more useful than narrowness of thought combined with energy of will.
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Henri Frederic Amiel Quote: Time is but the space between our memories; as soon as we cease to perceive this space, time has disappeared.
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Quotes about Henri Frederic Amiel: Do not despise your situation; in it you must act, suffer, and conquer. From every point on earth we are equally near to heaven and to the infinite.
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Quote about Henri Frederic Amiel: [I]t is truth alone-scientific, established, proved, and rational truth-which is capable of satisfying nowadays the awakened minds of all classes. We may still say perhaps, 'faith governs the world,'-but the faith of the present is no longer in revelation or in the priest-it is in reason and in science.
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Henri Frederic Amiel Sayings: Action is coarsened thought; thought becomes concrete, obscure, and unconscious.
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Henri Frederic Amiel Saying: Action and faith enslave thought, both of them in order not be troubled or inconvenienced by reflection, criticism, and doubt.
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Sayings about Henri Frederic Amiel: Composition is a process of combination, in which thought puts together complementary truths, and talent fuses into harmony the most contrary qualities of style. So that there is no composition without effort, without pain even, as in all bringing forth. The reward is the giving birth to something living--something, that is to say, which, by a kind of magic, makes a living unity out of such opposed attributes as orderliness and spontaneity, thought and imagination, solidity and charm.
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Saying about Henri Frederic Amiel: How, then, find the courage for action? By slipping a little into unconsciousness, spontaneity, instinct which holds one to the earth and dictates the relatively good and useful. By accepting the human condition more simply, and candidly, by dreading troubles less, calculating less, hoping more.
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Henri Frederic Amiel Quotes: The history of man is essentially zoological; it becomes human late in the day, and then only in the beautiful souls, the souls alive to justice, goodness, enthusiasm, and devotion. The angel shows itself rarely and with difficulty through the highly-organized brute.
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Henri Frederic Amiel Quote: Each bud flowers but once and each flower has but its minute of perfect beauty; so, in the garden of the soul each feeling has, as it were, its flowering instant, its one and only moment of expansive grace and radiant kingship.
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Quotes about 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.
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Quote about Henri Frederic Amiel: It gives liberty and breadth to thought, to learn to judge our own epoch from the point of view of universal history, history from the point of view of geological periods, geology from the point of view of astronomy.
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Henri Frederic Amiel Sayings: The art which is grand and yet simple is that which presupposes the greatest elevation both in artist and in public.
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Henri Frederic Amiel Saying: 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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Sayings about Henri Frederic Amiel: Before giving advice we must have secured its acceptance, or, rather, have made it desired.
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Saying about Henri Frederic Amiel: At bottom there is but one subject of study: the forms and metamorphoses of mind. All other subjects may be reduced to that; all other studies bring us back to this study.
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Henri Frederic Amiel Quotes: The great majority of men are but tangled skeins, imperfect keyboards, so many specimens of restless or stagnant chaos--and what makes their situation almost hopeless is the fact that they take pleasure in it. There is no curing a sick man who believes himself in health.
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Henri Frederic Amiel Quote: Accept life, and you must accept regret.
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