Why should I know Henri-Frédéric Amiel?

Henri Frédéric Amiel was a Swiss eighteenth century moral philosopher, poet, and critic.

Books by Henri-Frédéric Amiel

Quotes by Henri-Frédéric Amiel

“A belief is not true because it is useful.”

Henri-Frédéric Amiel

“All appears to change when we change.”

Henri-Frédéric Amiel

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

Henri-Frédéric 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 mere article of the worlds furniture – a thing moved, instead of a living and moving being – an echo, not a voice.”

Henri-Frédéric Amiel

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

Henri-Frédéric Amiel

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

Henri-Frédéric Amiel

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

Henri-Frédéric Amiel

“The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings.”

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“The man who insists on seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides. ”

Henri-Frédéric Amiel

“Try your hardest to combat atrophy and routine. To question the obvious and the given is an essential element of the maxim 'de omnius dubitandum' (All is to be doubted).”

Henri-Frédéric Amiel Letters to a Young Contrarian

“Uncertainty is the refuge of hope.”

Henri-Frédéric Amiel

“What we do not understand we have no right to judge.”

Henri-Frédéric Amiel

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

Henri-Frédéric Amiel

“You desire to know the art of living, my friend? It is contained in one phrase: make use of suffering.”

Henri-Frédéric Amiel