Women wish to be loved not because they are pretty, or good, or well bred, or graceful, or intelligent, but because they are themselves.

— Henri Frederic Amiel

The most uplifting Henri Frederic Amiel quotes that are easy to memorize and remember

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.

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There is no respect for others without humility in one's self.

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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.

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

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Analysis kills spontaneity. The grain once ground into flour springs and germinates no more.

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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.

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In every loving woman there is a priestess of the past

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

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

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In every loving woman there is a priestess of the past - a pious guardian of some affection, of which the object has disappeared.

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

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Materialism coarsens and petrifies everything, making everything vulgar, and every truth false.

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About Henri Frederic Amiel

Quotes 250 sayings
Nationality Swiss
Profession Philosopher
Birthday September 28, 1821

You desire to know the art of living, my friend? It is contained in one phrase: make use of suffering.

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Society lives by faith, and develops by science.

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Tears are the symbol of the inability of the soul to restrain its emotion and retain its self command.

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

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

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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.

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Learn to limit yourself; to content yourself with some definite work; dare to be what you are and learn to resign with a good grace all that you are not; and to believe in your own individuality.

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Conquering any difficulty always gives one a secret joy, for it means pushing back a boundary-line and adding to one's liberty.

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

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He who is silent is forgotten; he who does not advance falls back; he who stops is overwhelmed; out distanced, crushed; he who ceases t grow becomes smaller; he who leaves off, gives up; the condition of standing still is the beginning of the end.

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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.

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Charm is the quality in others that makes us more satisfied with ourselves.

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Philosophy means the complete liberty of the mind, and therefore independence of all social, political or religious prejudice... It loves one thing only... truth.

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

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Kindness is gladdening the hearts of those who are traveling the dark journey with us.

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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.

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Let mystery have its place in you ; do not be always turning up your whole soil with the ploughshare of self-examination, but leave a little fallow corner in your heart ready for any seed the winds may bring.

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Our duty is to be useful, not according to our desires, but according to our powers.

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Love is like swallowing hot chocolate before it has cooled off.

It takes you by surprise at first, but keeps you warm for a long time.

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Only evil grows of itself, while for goodness we want effort and courage.

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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.

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Clever people will recognize and tolerate nothing but cleverness.

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Woman is the salvation or the destruction of the family. She carries its destiny in the folds of her mantle.

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To know how to suggest is the art of teaching.

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To feel keenly the poetry of a morning's roses, one has to have just escaped from the claws of this vulture which we call sickness.

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Sympathy is the first condition of criticism.

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To live we must conquer incessantly, we must have the courage to be happy.

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We are always making God our accomplice, that so we may legalize our own iniquities. Every successful massacre is consecrated by a Te Deum, and the clergy have never been wanting in benedictions for any victorious enormity.

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It is by teaching that we teach ourselves, by relating that we observe, by affirming that we examine, by showing that we look, by writing that we think, by pumping that we draw water into the well.

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Common sense is the measure of the possible;

it is composed of experience and prevision; it is calculation applied to life.

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To be always ready a man must be able to cut a knot, for everything cannot be untied.

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

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True humility is contentment.

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The best path through life is the highway.

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The fire which enlightens is the same fire which consumes.

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

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True love is that which ennobles the personality, fortifies the heart, and sanctifies the existence.

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