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Henri Frederic Amiel quotes

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

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

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

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

Society lives by faith, and develops by science.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

The test of every religious, political, or educational system is the man that it forms.

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

The best path through life is the highway.

Let us be true: this is the highest maxim of art and of life, the secret of eloquence and of virtue, and of all moral authority.

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

Order is power.

The only substance properly so called is the soul.

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.