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Henri Frederic Amiel Quotes and Quotations


For purposes of action nothing is more useful than narrowness of thought combined with energy of will.
- Henri Frederic Amiel | Action Quotes
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.
- Henri Frederic Amiel | Aging and Old Age Quotes
Every life is a possession of faith, and exercises an inevitable and silent propaganda.
- Henri Frederic Amiel | Conviction and Belief Quotes
Analysis kills spontaneity. The grain once ground into flour springs and germinates no more.
- Henri Frederic Amiel | Critics and Criticism Quotes
Doing easily what others find is difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius.
- Henri Frederic Amiel | Genius Quotes
A man only understands what is akin to something already existing in himself.
- Henri Frederic Amiel | Knowledge Quotes
The man who has no inner life is the slave of his surroundings.
- Henri Frederic Amiel | Life Quotes
Man becomes man only by the intelligence, but he is man only by the heart.
- Henri Frederic Amiel | Passion and the Heart Quotes
A thousand things advance; nine hundred and ninety-nine retreat; that is progress.
- Henri Frederic Amiel | Progress Quotes
Analysis kills spontaneity. The grain once ground into flour springs and germinates no more.
- Henri Frederic Amiel | Reason Quotes
To live we must conquer incessantly, we must have the courage to be happy.
- Henri Frederic Amiel | Happiness Quotes
To repel one's cross is to make it heavier.
- Henri Frederic Amiel | Acceptance Quotes
To repel one's cross is to make it heavier.
- Henri Frederic Amiel | Acceptance Quotes
Faith is a certitude without proofs ... a sentiment, for it is a hope; it is an instinct, for it precedes all outward instruction.
- Henri Frederic Amiel | Faith and Unity Quotes
To win true peace, a man needs to feel himself directed, pardoned and sustained by a supreme power, to feel himself in the right road, at the point where God would have him be-in order with God and the universe. This faith gives strength and calm.
- Henri Frederic Amiel | Faith and Unity Quotes
Learn to ... be what you are, and learn to resign with a good grace all that you are not.
- Henri Frederic Amiel | Self-Acceptance Quotes
A man must be able to cut a knot, for everything cannot be untied; he must know how to disengage what is essential from the detail in which it is enwrapped, for everything cannot be equally considered; in a word, he must be able to simplify his duties, his business and his life.
- Henri Frederic Amiel | Simplicity Quotes
The great artist and thinker are the simplifiers.
- Henri Frederic Amiel | Simplicity Quotes
Time wasted is a theft from God.
- Henri Frederic Amiel | One Day Quotes
To learn new habits is everything, for it is to reach the substance of life. Life is but a tissue of habits.
- Henri Frederic Amiel | One Day Quotes
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 | Enthusiasm Quotes
A man must be able to cut a knot, for everything cannot be untied.
- Henri Frederic Amiel | Decisions Quotes
Unconsciousness, spontaneity, instinct ... hold us to the earth and dictate the relatively good and useful.
- Henri Frederic Amiel | Instincts Quotes
Analysis kills spontaneity. The grain once ground into flour germinates no more.
- Henri Frederic Amiel | Instincts Quotes
Man becomes man only by his intelligence, but he is man only by his heart.
- Henri Frederic Amiel | Instincts Quotes
Man is a passion which brings a will into play, which works an intelligence.
- Henri Frederic Amiel | Instincts Quotes
Learn to ... be what you are, and learn to resign with a good grace all that you are not.
- Henri Frederic Amiel | Realistic Expectations Quotes
The man who insists upon seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides.
- Henri Frederic Amiel | Doubts and Uncertainties Quotes
We must have the courage to be happy.
- Henri Frederic Amiel | Courage Quotes
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.
- Henri Frederic Amiel | Courage Quotes
For purposes of action, nothing is more useful than narrowness of thought combined with energy of will.
- Henri Frederic Amiel | Getting Going Quotes
How, then, find the courage for action?... By accepting the human condition more simply and candidly, by dreading troubles less, calculating less, hoping more.
- Henri Frederic Amiel | Getting Going Quotes
Almost everything comes from almost nothing.
- Henri Frederic Amiel | Time Quotes
Conquering any difficulty always gives one a secret joy, for it means pushing back a boundary-line and adding to one's liberty.
- Henri Frederic Amiel | Problems Quotes
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.
- Henri Frederic Amiel | Age Quotes
Cleverness is serviceable for everything, sufficient for nothing.
- Henri Frederic Amiel | Cleverness Quotes


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