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

Music is harmony, harmony is perfection, perfection is our dream, and our dream is heaven.


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.


Blessed be childhood, which brings down something of heaven into the midst of our rough earthliness.

    Topics: Childhood

The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings.


Learn to... be what you are, and learn to resign with a good grace all that you are not.


Thought is a kind of opium; it can intoxicate us, while still broad awake; it can make transparent the mountains and everything that exists.


We only understand that which already within us.


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.


To know how to suggest is the great art of teaching. To attain it we must be able to guess what will interest; we must learn to read the childish soul as we might a piece of music. Then, by simply changing the key, we keep up the attraction and vary the song.


To do easily what is difficult for others is the mark of talent. To do what is impossible for talent is the mark of genius.


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


He who asks of life nothing but the improvement of his own nature... is less liable than anyone else to miss and waste life.


In health there is freedom. Health is the first of all liberties.


The fire which enlightens is the same fire which consumes.


Truth is not only violated by falsehood; it may be equally outraged by silence.


The only substance properly so called is the soul.


We are never more discontented with others than when we are discontented with ourselves.


Uncertainty is the refuge of hope.


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.


Sympathy is the first condition of criticism.


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