110+ Henri Frederic Amiel Quotes On Education, Friendship And World

quote by
Henri Frederic Amiel inspirational quote

Top 10 Henri Frederic Amiel Quotes (BEST)

  1. Women wish to be loved not because they are pretty, or good, or well bred, or graceful, or intelligent, but because they are themselves.
  2. 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.
  3. There is no respect for others without humility in one's self.
  4. 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.
  5. Learn to... be what you are, and learn to resign with a good grace all that you are not.
  6. Analysis kills spontaneity. The grain once ground into flour springs and germinates no more.
  7. 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.
  8. In every loving woman there is a priestess of the past
  9. Destiny has two ways of crushing us -- by refusing our wishes and by fulfilling them.
  10. Destiny has two ways of crushing us - by refusing our wishes and by fulfilling them.

Henri Frederic Amiel Image Quotes

Go to table of contents

quote by Henri Frederic Amiel

In every loving woman there is a priestess of the past — Henri Frederic Amiel

Henri Frederic Amiel Short Quotes

Go to table of contents

  • Materialism coarsens and petrifies everything, making everything vulgar, and every truth false.
  • Society lives by faith, and develops by science.
  • Work while you have the light. You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you.
  • Doing easily what others find difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius.
  • Charm is the quality in others that makes us more satisfied with ourselves.
  • Our duty is to be useful, not according to our desires, but according to our powers.
  • Only evil grows of itself, while for goodness we want effort and courage.
  • Clever people will recognize and tolerate nothing but cleverness.
  • Sympathy is the first condition of criticism.
  • To live we must conquer incessantly, we must have the courage to be happy.

Henri Frederic Amiel Quotes On Education

Go to table of contents

To know how to suggest is the art of teaching. — Henri Frederic Amiel

A modest garden contains, for those who know how to look and to wait, more instruction than a library. — Henri Frederic Amiel

The test of every religious, political, or educational system, is the man which it forms. If a system injures the intelligence it is bad. If it injures the character it is vicious. If it injures the conscience it is criminal. — Henri Frederic Amiel

Henri Frederic Amiel Quotes On Life

Go to table of contents

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

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

The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. — Henri Frederic Amiel

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

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

The best path through life is the highway. — Henri Frederic Amiel

Happiness gives us the energy which is the basis of health. — Henri Frederic Amiel

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

Religion is not a method, it is a life, a higher and supernatural life, mystical in its root and practical in its fruits; a communion with God, a calm and deep enthusiasm, a love which radiates, a force which acts, a happiness which overflows. — Henri Frederic Amiel

Analysis kills spontaneity. — Henri Frederic Amiel

Henri Frederic Amiel Quotes On Love

Go to table of contents

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

Kindness is gladdening the hearts of those who are traveling the dark journey with us. — Henri Frederic Amiel

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

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. — Henri Frederic Amiel

True love is that which ennobles the personality, fortifies the heart, and sanctifies the existence. — Henri Frederic Amiel

Never to tire, never to grow cold; to be patient, sympathetic, tender; to look for the budding flower and the opening heart; to hope always; like God, to love always--this is duty. — 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. — Henri Frederic Amiel

There is only one way of not hating those who do us wrong, and that is by doing them good. — Henri Frederic Amiel

Man is saved by love and duty, and by the hope that springs from duty, or rather from the moral facts of consciousness, as a flower springs from the soil. — Henri Frederic Amiel

Obstinacy is will asserting itself without being able to justify itself. It is persistence without a reasonable motive. It is the tenacity of self-love substituted for that of reason and conscience. — Henri Frederic Amiel

Henri Frederic Amiel Quotes On World

Go to table of contents

The beautiful souls of the world have an art of saintly alchemy, by which bitterness is converted into kindness, the gall of human experience into gentleness, ingratitude into benefits, insults into pardon. — Henri Frederic Amiel

I am a spectator, so to speak, of the molecular whirlwind which men call individual life; I am conscious of an incessant metamorphosis, an irresistible movement of existence, which is going on within me - and this phenomenology of myself serves as a window opened upon the mystery of the world. — Henri Frederic Amiel

When everything has its proper place in our minds, we are able to stand in equilibrium with the rest of the world. — Henri Frederic Amiel

I find myself regarding existence as though from beyond the tomb, from another world; all is strange to me; I am, as it were, outside my own body and individuality; I am depersonalized, detached, cut adrift. Is this madness? — Henri Frederic Amiel

Henri Frederic Amiel Quotes On Philosophical

Go to table of contents

The philosopher aspires to explain away all mysteries, to dissolve them into light. Mystery on the other hand is demanded and pursued by the religious instinct; mystery constitutes the essence of worship, the power of proselytism. — Henri Frederic Amiel

Are we not all shipwrecked,...condemned to death?... However impatient our neighbours make us, however much indignation our race arouses, we are all bound together, and the companions of a chain-gang have everything to lose by mutual insults. — Henri Frederic Amiel

A microscopic phantom of the universe; this is all that we are able to be. — Henri Frederic Amiel

Henri Frederic Amiel Quotes On Soul

Go to table of contents

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

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. — Henri Frederic Amiel

Sacrifice, which is the passion of great souls, has never been the law of societies. — Henri Frederic Amiel

Every landscape is, as it were, a state of the soul, and whoever penetrates into both is astonished to find how much likeness there is in each detail. — Henri Frederic Amiel

The only substance properly so called is the soul. — Henri Frederic Amiel

Heroism is the brilliant triumph of the soul over the flesh - over fear...Heroism is the dazzling and glorious concentration of courage. — Henri Frederic Amiel

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. — Henri Frederic Amiel

The more a man loves, the more he suffers. The sum of possible grief for each soul is in proportion to its degree of perfection. — Henri Frederic Amiel

At bottom, everything depends upon the presence or absence of one single element in the soul - HOPE — Henri Frederic Amiel

We are all visionaries, and what we see is our soul in things. — Henri Frederic Amiel

Henri Frederic Amiel Quotes On True

Go to table of contents

True humility is contentment. — Henri Frederic Amiel

Dreams are excursions into the limbo of things, a semi-deliverance from the human prison. — Henri Frederic Amiel

Great men are true men, the men in whom nature has succeeded. They are not extraordinary -- they are in the true order. It is the other species of men who are not what they ought to be. — Henri Frederic Amiel

Order is a great person's need and their true well being. — Henri Frederic Amiel

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

Man never knows what he wants; he aspires to penetrate mysteries and as soon as he has, wants to re-establish them. Ignorance irritates him and knowledge cloys. — Henri Frederic Amiel

Nothing finite is true, is interesting, is worthy to fix my attention. All that is particular is exclusive, and all that is exclusive repels me. — Henri Frederic Amiel

Order is man's greatest need, and his true well-being. — Henri Frederic Amiel

Liberty, equality - bad principles! The only true principle for humanity is justice; and justice to the feeble is protection and kindness. — Henri Frederic Amiel

The ideal, after all, is true than the real: for the ideal is the eternal element in perishable things. — Henri Frederic Amiel

Henri Frederic Amiel Quotes On Nature

Go to table of contents

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

Nature does at least what she can to translate into visible form the wealth of the creative formula. By the vastness of the abysses into which she penetrates, in the effort--the unsuccessful effort--to house and contain the eternal thought, we may measure the greatness of the divine mind. — Henri Frederic Amiel

Our life is nothing, it is true, but our life is divine. A breath of nature annihilates us, but we surpass nature in penetrating far beyond her vast phantasmagoria to the changeless and the eternal. — Henri Frederic Amiel

Our dependence outweighs our independence, for we are independent only in our desire, while we are dependent on our health, on nature, on society, on everything in us and outside us. — Henri Frederic Amiel

Great men are the real men, in them nature has succeeded. — Henri Frederic Amiel

Mother of Marvels, mysterious and tender Nature, why do we not live more in thee. — Henri Frederic Amiel

Henri Frederic Amiel Famous Quotes And Sayings

Go to table of contents

quote by Henri Frederic Amiel

In every loving woman there is a priestess of the past — Henri Frederic Amiel

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

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. — Henri Frederic Amiel

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

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. — Henri Frederic Amiel

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. — Henri Frederic Amiel

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

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. — Henri Frederic Amiel

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

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

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. — Henri Frederic Amiel

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. — Henri Frederic Amiel

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. — Henri Frederic Amiel

The fire which enlightens is the same fire which consumes. — Henri Frederic Amiel

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

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

We are never more discontented with others than when we are discontented with ourselves. The consciousness of wrong-doing makes us irritable, and our heart, in its cunning, quarrels with what is outside it, in order that it may deafen the clamor within. — Henri Frederic Amiel

We are never more discontented with others than when we are discontented with ourselves. — Henri Frederic Amiel

What we call little things are merely the causes of great things. — Henri Frederic Amiel

A thousand things advance; nine hundred and ninety nine retreat; That is progress. — Henri Frederic Amiel

Everything you need for better future and success has already been written. And guess what? All you have to do is go to the library. — Henri Frederic Amiel

Cleverness is serviceable for everything, sufficient for nothing. — Henri Frederic Amiel

Uncertainty is the refuge of hope. — Henri Frederic Amiel

Sacrifice still exists everywhere, and everywhere the elect of each generation suffers for the salvation of the rest. — Henri Frederic Amiel

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

I can find no words for what I feel. My consciousness is withdrawn into itself; I hear my heart beating, and my life passing. It seems to me that I have become a statue on the banks of the river of time, that I am the spectator of some mystery, and shall issue from it old, or no longer capable of age. — Henri Frederic Amiel

Every life is a profession of faith, and exercises an inevitable and silent influence. — Henri Frederic Amiel

Accept life, and you must accept regret. — Henri Frederic Amiel

He who floats with the current, who does not guide himself according to higher principles, who has no ideal, no convictions-such a man is . . . a thing moved, instead of a living and moving being-an echo, not a voice. The man who has no inner-life is a slave of his surroundings as the barometer is the obedient servant of the air. — Henri Frederic Amiel

So long as a person is capable of self-renewal they are a living being. — Henri Frederic Amiel

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

If nationality is consent, the state is compulsion. — Henri Frederic Amiel

He who is too much afraid of being duped has lost the power of being magnanimous. — Henri Frederic Amiel

Will localizes us; thought universalizes us. — Henri Frederic Amiel

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

The spirit of sarcasm lives and thrives in the midst of universal wreck; its balls are enchanted and itself invulnerable, and it braves retaliations and reprisals because itself is a mere flash, a bodiless and magical nothing. — Henri Frederic Amiel

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

Action is coarsened thought; thought becomes concrete, obscure, and unconscious. — Henri Frederic Amiel

Common sense is the measure of the possible. — Henri Frederic Amiel

Whenever conscience speaks with a divided, uncertain, and disputed voice, it is not the voice of God. Descend still deeper into yourself, until you hear nothing but a clear, undivided voice, a voice which does away with doubt and brings with it persuasion, light, and serenity. — Henri Frederic Amiel

Common sense is calculation applied to life. — Henri Frederic Amiel

It is dangerous to abandon one's self to the luxury of grief; it deprives one of courage, and even of the wish for recovery. — Henri Frederic Amiel

Time is but the space between our memories; as soon as we cease to perceive this space, time has disappeared. — Henri Frederic Amiel

Criticism is above all a gift, an intuition, a matter of tact and flair; it cannot be taught or demonstrated--it is an art. — Henri Frederic Amiel

We are always making God our accomplice so that we may legalize our own inequities. — Henri Frederic Amiel

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

Righteous ends, thus approved, absolve of guilt the most violent means. — Henri Frederic Amiel

Life is an apprenticeship to the constant renunciations, to the steady failure of our claims, our hopes, our powers, our liberty. — Henri Frederic Amiel

Pure truth cannot be assimilated by the crowd; it must be communicated by contagion. — Henri Frederic Amiel

There is no curing a sick man who believes himself to be in health. — Henri Frederic Amiel

To do easily what is difficult for others is the mark of talent. — 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. — Henri Frederic Amiel

The great artist and thinker are the simplifiers. — Henri Frederic Amiel

Before giving advice we must have secured its acceptance, or, rather, have made it desired. — Henri Frederic Amiel

Every man is a priest, even involuntarily; his conduct is an unspoken sermon, which is forever preaching to others. — Henri Frederic Amiel

Time is the supreme illusion. It is but the inner prism by which we decompose being and life, the mode under which we perceive successively what is simultaneous in idea. — Henri Frederic Amiel

Time is but the measure of the difficulty of a conception. Pure thought has scarcely any need of time, since it perceives the two ends of an idea almost at the same moment. — Henri Frederic Amiel

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

To do what is impossible for talent is the mark of genius. — Henri Frederic Amiel

It is not what he had, or even what he does which expresses the worth of a man, but what he is. — Henri Frederic Amiel

Life Lessons by Henri Frederic Amiel

Go to table of contents

  1. Henri Frederic Amiel taught that life is a journey of self-discovery, and that we should take time to reflect on our experiences and learn from them.
  2. He believed that we should strive to be our best selves, and that true happiness comes from within.
  3. He also encouraged us to be kind and compassionate to others, and to always strive for balance and harmony in our lives.

In Conclusion

Which quote resonated with you best? Did you enjoy our collection of Henri Frederic Amiel quotes? Or may be you have a quotation about Henri Frederic Amiel to suggest. Let us know using our contact form.

About the author

This collection is managed by , with an extensive background in quote curation. They have meticulously gathered, researched, and compiled the quotes featured on this page. Every quote has been diligently cross-verified for its origin, its authenticity, and its potential influence on our readership.

Citation

Feel free to cite and use any of the quotes by Henri Frederic Amiel. For popular citation styles (APA, Chicago, MLA), go to citation page.

Embed HTML Link

Copy and paste this HTML code in your webpage