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Henri Frederic Amiel

  • Every life is a possession of faith, and exercises an inevitable and silent propaganda.

  • A man must be able to cut a knot, for everything cannot be untied.

  • To learn new habits is everything, for it is to reach the substance of life. Life is but a tissue of habits.

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

  • Man is a passion which brings a will into play, which works an intelligence.

  • The man who has no inner life is the slave of his surroundings.

  • Almost everything comes from almost nothing.

  • A thousand things advance; nine hundred and ninety - nine retreat; that is progress.

  • A man only understands what is akin to something already existing in himself.

  • Faith is a certitude without proofs...a sentiment, for it is a hope; it is an instinct, for it precedes all outward instruction.

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

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

  • Man becomes man only by his intelligence, but he is man only by his heart.

  • Time waster is a theft from God.

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

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

  • We must have the courage to be happy.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Cleverness is serviceable for everything, sufficient for nothing.

  • The great artist and thinker are the simplifier.

  • The man who insists upon seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides.

  • To repel one's cross is to make it heavier.

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