Henri-Frédéric Amiel

Henri-Frédéric Amiel

Swiss philosopher, poet and criticist
27 September 1821 — 11 May 1881

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Do not abandon yourself altogether either to instinct or to will. Instinct is a siren, will a despot.

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Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are traveling the dark journey with us. Oh be swift to love, make haste to be kind.

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

There is no curing a sick man who believes himself in health.

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


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

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

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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