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Henri Frederic Amiel Quotes

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"Let mystery have its place in you; do not be always turning up your whole soil with the ploughshare of self-examination, but leave a little fallow corner in your heart ready for any seed the winds may bring."

"He who asks of life nothing but the improvement of his own nature... is less liable than anyone else to miss and waste 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 man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings."

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

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

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

"The actors today really need the whip hand. They're so lazy. They haven't got the sense of pride in their profession that the less socially elevated musical comedy and music hall people or acrobats have. The theater has never been any good since the actors became gentlemen."

"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."

"A man must be able to cut a knot, for everything cannot be untied; he must know how to disengage what is essential from the detail in which it is enwrapped, for everything cannot be equally considered; in a word, he must be able to simplify his duties, his business and his life."

"Whenever conscience speaks with a divided, uncertain, and disputed voice, it is not the voice of God. Descend still deeper into yourself, until you hear nothing but a clear, undivided voice, a voice which does away with doubt and brings with it persuasion, light, and serenity."

"True humility is contentment."

"We only understand that which already within us."

"Our duty is to be useful, not according to our desires but according to our powers."

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

"Let mystery have its place in you; do not be always turning up your whole soil with the ploughshare of self-examination, but leave a little fallow corner in your heart ready for any seed the winds may bring..."

"Work while you have the light. You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you."

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

"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."

"To do easily what is difficult for others is the mark of talent. To do what is impossible for talent is the mark of genius."

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