Swiss quote

Henri-Frédéric Amiel

“Mille choses avancent ; neuf cent quatre-vingt-dix-neuf reculent : c’est là le progrès.”

“A thousand things advance; nine hundred and ninety nine retreat; that is progress.”

 

220px-Henri-Frederic_Amiel_1852Henri-Frédéric Amiel is a Swiss philosopher, poet, and critic (September 27, 1821–May 11, 1881).

The Journal Intime of Henri-Frédéric Amiel, originally published in 1882 and now known simply as Amiel’s Journal (public domain) is a true masterpiece of philosophy and perennial wisdom — a confession, a lament, a record of the unabated struggle to reconcile his inner life with the practical demands of the outer world, at once a resignation to Amiel’s own weakness and a refusal to give up on the ideals of his highest self, a work of remarkable psychological impact that endures as the “indestructible sympathy of man with man, that eternal answering of feeling to feeling, which is one of the great principles, perhaps the greatest principle, at the root of literature.”

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