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Amiel's Journal: The Journal Intime of Henri-Frederic Amiel, Volume 1
Henri Frederic Amiel,Humphry Ward
No preview available - 2015
able action Amiel Atheism beauty become believe Buddhism charm Chateaubriand Christianity conscience consciousness critical death desire destiny divine doubt dream duty Eousseau eternal everything evil existence eyes faith feel force France French friends Geneva Genevese George Sand German give Goethe happiness harmony heart Hegel holiness hope human idea ideal illusion imagination impression individual infinite inner instinct intellectual Journal Intime justice kind labour Liberal Christianity liberty literary living Madame de Stael Maine de Biran matter melancholy mind monad moral mystery nature ness never one's oneself ourselves passion peace perfect philosopher poetical poetry point of view possess principle Protestantism realise reality recognise religion religious Sainte-Beuve Scherer Schopenhauer secret seems sense society soul speak spirit Stoicism struggle suffering talent things thought tion true truth Ultramontane understand universal Victor Cherbuliez Victor Hugo whole wisdom words
Page 265 - there is more joy in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, than over ninety and nine just persons that need no repentance.
Page 478 - Where are the great, whom thou would'st wish to praise thee ? Where are the pure, whom thou would'st choose to love thee? Where are the brave, to stand supreme above thee, Whose high commands would cheer, whose chidings raise thee? Seek, seeker, in thyself ; submit to find In the stones, bread, and life in the blank mind.
Page 67 - There are two states or conditions of pride. The first is one of self-approval, the second one of selfcontempt Pride is seen probably at its purest in the last.
Page 14 - Reality, the present, the irreparable, the necessary, repel and even terrify me. I have too much imagination, conscience, and penetration, and not enough character. The life of thought alone seems to me to have enough elasticity and immensity, to be free enough from the irreparable ; practical life makes me afraid.
Page 6 - Never to tire, never to grow cold ; to be patient, sympathetic, tender ; to look for the budding flower and the opening heart ; to hope always, like God ; to love always, — this is duty.
Page 21 - The statistician will register a growing progress, and the moralist a gradual decline: on the one hand, a progress of things; on the other, a decline of souls. The useful will take the place of the beautiful, industry of art, political economy of religion, and arithmetic of poetry.
Page 45 - My privilege is to be the spectator of my own life-drama, to be fully conscious of the tragi-comedy of my own destiny, and, more than that, to be in the secret of the tragi-comic itself — that is to say, to be unable to take my illusions seriously, to see myself, so to speak, from the theatre on the stage, or to be like a man looking from beyond the tomb into existence. I feel myself forced to feign a particular interest in my individual part, while all the time I am living...
Page 358 - We must treat our subject brutally and not be always trembling lest we should be doing it a wrong. We must be able to transmute and absorb it into our own substance. This sort of confident effrontery is beyond me ; my whole nature tends to that impersonality which respects and subordinates itself to the object; it is love of truth which holds me back from concluding and deciding.
Page 480 - A mesure qu'on a plus d'esprit, on trouve qu'il ya plus d'hommes originaux. Les gens du commun ne trouvent pas de différence entre les hommes.