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Henri Frederic Amiel Quotes

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

Action is coarsened thought; thought becomes concrete, obscure, and unconscious.

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

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

Any landscape is a condition of the spirit.

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

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

Clever people will recognize and tolerate nothing but cleverness.

Cleverness is serviceable for everything, sufficient for nothing.

Common sense is calculation applied to life.

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

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

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

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

Every life is a profession of faith, and exercises an inevitable and silent influence.

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.

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

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

I'm not interested in age. People who tell me their age are silly. You're as old as you feel.

If nationality is consent, the state is compulsion.