Henri-Frédéric Amiel Quotes (143 quotes)
“Action and faith enslave thought, both of them in order not be troubled or inconvenienced by reflection, criticism, and doubt.”
In French: "L'action et la foi mettent en servage la pensée, toutes deux pour n'être pas gênées et incommodées par la réflexion, la critique et le doute." Source: "Journal intime: Février 1872-juin 1874", Éditions L'Age d'homme, 1976, p. 1103
“Action is coarsened thought; thought becomes concrete, obscure, and unconscious.”
Journal entry, 30 December 1850
“An error is the more dangerous in proportion to the degree of truth which it contains.”
Amiel's Journal, tr. by mrs. H. Ward (1885 edition)
“Analysis kills spontaneity. The grain once ground into flour springs and germinates no more.”
Amiel's Journal: The Journal Intime of Henri-Frédéric Amiel; Tr., with an Introduction and Notes, translated by Mrs. Humphry Ward, Macmillan and Company, 1893
“Common sense is the measure of the possible; it is composed of experience and prevision; it is calculation applied to life.”
Amiel's Journal: The Journal Intime of Henri-Frédéric Amiel (1885 edition)
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsHenri-Frédéric Amiel
Born: September 27, 1821
Died: 1881 (aged 59)
Bio: Henri Frédéric Amiel was a Swiss philosopher, poet and critic.