Henri Frederic Amiel Quotes

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

Without passion man is a mere latent force and possibility, like the flint which awaits the shock of the iron before it can give forth its spark.

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.

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

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

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

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

I do not deny the rights of democracy, but I have no illusions as to the uses that will be made of those rights so long as wisdom is rare and pride abundant.

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

We must have the courage to be happy.