Best Quotes by Henri Frederic Amiel (Top 10)

  1. Destiny has two ways of crushing us - by refusing our wishes and by fulfilling them.
  2. Learn to... be what you are, and learn to resign with a good grace all that you are not.
  3. 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.
  4. Materialism coarsens and petrifies everything, making everything vulgar, and every truth false.
  5. The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings.
  6. 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.
  7. I'm not interested in age. People who tell me their age are silly. You're as old as you feel.
  8. Doing easily what others find difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius.
  9. Conquering any difficulty always gives one a secret joy, for it means pushing back a boundary-line and adding to one's liberty.
  10. Common sense is the measure of the possible; it is composed of experience and prevision; it is calculation applied to life.

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