Quotes From Amiel’s Journal

”Let mystery have its place in you; do not be always turning up your whole soil with the plowshare of self-examination, but leave a little fallow corner in your heart ready for any seed the winds may bring, and reserve a nook of shadow for the passing bird; keep a place in your heart for the unexpected guests, an altar for an unknown God.”

Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881) was a Swiss philosopher and poet.

“Life is short and we never have enough time for the hearts of those who travel the way with us. O, be swift to love! Make haste to be kind.” 

“To know how to suggest is the art of teaching.”

“Learn to… be what you are, and learn to resign with a good grace all that you are not. ”

“The one who has no inner life is the slave of their surroundings.” 

“Our duty is to be useful, not according to our desires but according to our powers.” 

“S/He who floats with the current, who does not guide themself according to higher principles, who has no ideal, no convictions – such a one is a mere article of the worlds furniture – a thing moved, instead of a living and moving being – an echo, not a voice.”

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

“At the bottom of the modern man there is always a great thirst for self-forgetfulness, self-distraction; he has a secret horror of all which makes him feel his own littleness; the eternal, the infinite, perfection, therefore scare and terrify him. He wishes to approve himself, to admire and congratulate himself; and therefore he turns away from all those problems and abysses which might recall to him his own nothingness.”

“Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.” 

“In these moments of tête-à-tête with the infinite, how different life looks! How all that usually occupies and excites us becomes suddenly puerile, frivolous, and vain. We seem to ourselves mere puppets, marionettes, strutting seriously through a fantastic show, and mistaking gewgaws for things of great price.” 

“Uncertainty is the refuge of hope.”

Kopera 2013

“It is by teaching that we teach ourselves.”

“When we are doing nothing in particular, it is then that we are living through all our being.”

“Philosophy means the complete liberty of the mind.”


Generally just Being. Nothing in particular, no claims to fame. I like gardening and the sea, nature, art in all forms from poetry to films and everything in between, and being in the company of my family.

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