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Henri Frederic Amiel
September 27, 1821 - 1881
Nationality: Swiss
Category: Philosopher
Subcategory: Swiss Philosopher

An error is the more dangerous in proportion to the degree of truth which it contains.


Tell me what you feel in your room when the full moon is shining in upon you and your lamp is dying out, and I will tell you how old you are, and I shall know if you are happy.


The test of every religious, political, or educational system is the man that it forms.


Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.


Sacrifice, which is the passion of great souls, has never been the law of societies.


Society lives by faith, and develops by science.


Doing easily what others find difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius.


To marry unequally is to suffer equally.


Order is power.

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Work while you have the light. You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you.


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


To shun one's cross is to make it heavier.


Common sense is the measure of the possible; it is composed of experience and prevision; it is calculation applied to life.


Destiny has two ways of crushing us - by refusing our wishes and by fulfilling them.


For purposes of action nothing is more useful than narrowness of thought combined with energy of will.


The best path through life is the highway.


Action and faith enslave thought, both of them in order not be troubled or inconvenienced by reflection, criticism, and doubt.


Women wish to be loved without a why or a wherefore; not because they are pretty, or good, or well-bred, or graceful, or intelligent, but because they are themselves.


Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are travelling the dark journey with us. Oh be swift to love, make haste to be kind.


Pure truth cannot be assimilated by the crowd; it must be communicated by contagion.


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