Henri Frederic Amiel Sayings and Quotes

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Sacrifice, which is the passion of great souls, has never been the law of societies.     

Henri Frederic Amiel

Sacrifice still exists everywhere, and everywhere the elect of each generation suffers for the salvation of the rest.     

Henri Frederic Amiel

Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.      

Henri Frederic Amiel

There is no respect for others without humility in one's self.     

Henri Frederic Amiel

Truth is the secret of eloquence and of virtue, the basis of moral authority; it is the highest summit of art and of life.     

Henri Frederic Amiel

It is not what he had, or even what he does which expresses the worth of a man, but what he is.      

Henri Frederic Amiel

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

Henri Frederic Amiel

Great men are true men, the men in whom nature has succeeded. They are not extraordinary -- they are in the true order. It is the other species of men who are not what they ought to be.     

Henri Frederic Amiel

Liberty, equality - bad principles! The only true principle for humanity is justice; and justice to the feeble is protection and kindness.     

Henri Frederic Amiel

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

Henri Frederic Amiel

There is no respect for others without humility in one's self.     

Henri Frederic Amiel

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

Henri Frederic Amiel

The spirit of sarcasm lives and thrives in the midst of universal wreck; its balls are enchanted and itself invulnerable, and it braves retaliations and reprisals because itself is a mere flash, a bodiless and magical nothing.     

Henri Frederic Amiel

Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.     

Henri Frederic Amiel

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

Henri Frederic Amiel

It is not what he has, or even what he does which expresses the worth of a man, but what he is.     

Henri Frederic Amiel

Uncertainty is the refuge of hope.     

Henri Frederic Amiel

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.     

Henri Frederic Amiel

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

Henri Frederic Amiel

Truth is not only violated by falsehood; it may be equally outraged by silence.     

Henri Frederic Amiel

There is no respect for others without humility in one's self.     

Henri Frederic Amiel

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

Henri Frederic Amiel

Life is short and we never have enough time for the hearts of those who travel the way with us. O, be swift to love! Make haste to be kind.     

Henri Frederic Amiel

Man never knows what he wants; he aspires to penetrate mysteries and as soon as he has, he wants to reestablish them. Ignorance irritates him and knowledge cloys.     

Henri Frederic Amiel

Women wish to be loved without a why or a wherefore; not because they are pretty, or good, or wellbred, or graceful, or intelligent, but because they are themselves.     

Henri Frederic Amiel

Don't be too clever for an audience. Make it obvious. Make the subtleties obvious also.     

Henri Frederic Amiel

Cleverness is serviceable for everything, sufficient for nothing.     

Henri Frederic Amiel

Clever people will recognize and tolerate nothing but cleverness.     

Henri Frederic Amiel

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

Henri Frederic Amiel

To know how to suggest is the great art of teaching.     

Henri Frederic Amiel