Henri Frédéric Amiel was a Swiss philosopher, poet and critic.
Born in Geneva in 1821, he was descended from a Huguenot family driven to Switzerland by the revocation of the Edict of Nantes.
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“Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.”
Henri Frederic Amiel
“Tears are the symbol of the inability of the soul to restrain its emotion and retain its self command.”
“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 know how to grow old is the master work of wisdom, and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living.”
“Music is harmony, harmony is perfection, perfection is our dream, and our dream is heaven”
“We are never more discontented with others than when we are discontented with ourselves.”
“In health there is freedom. Health is the first of all liberties.”
“Woman is the salvation or the destruction of the family. She carries its destiny in the folds of her mantle.”
“Conquering any difficulty always gives one a secret joy, for it means pushing back a boundary-line and adding to one's liberty.”
“Tell me what you feel in your room when the full moon is shining in upon you and your lamp is dying out, and I will tell you how old you are, and I shall know if you are happy”
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