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.
his parents at an early age, Amiel travelled widely, became intimate
with the intellectual leaders of Europe, and made a special study
of German philosophy in Berlin. In 1849 he was appointed professor
of aesthetics at the academy of Geneva, and in 1854 became professor
of moral philosophy. These appointments, conferred by the democratic
party, deprived him of the support of the aristocratic party,
which comprised nearly all the culture of the city.
isolation inspired the one book by which Amiel is still known,
The Journal Intime, which, published after his death, obtained
a European reputation. It was translated into English by Mary
second-rate as regards productive power, Amiel's mind was of no
inferior quality, and his Journal gained a sympathy that the author
had failed to obtain in his life. In addition to the Journal,
he produced several volumes of poetry and wrote studies on Erasmus,
Madame de Stael and other writers. He died in Geneva in March
to limit yourself, to content yourself with some definite thing,
and some definite work; dare to be what you are, and learn to
resign with a good grace all that you are not and to believe in
your own individuality. "
man who insists on seeing with perfect clearness before he decides,
never decides. "
is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts
of those who are traveling the dark journey with us. Oh, be swift
to love, make haste to be kind! "
test of every religious, political, or educational system is the
man that it forms. "
kills spontaneity. The grain once ground into flour springs and
germinates no more."
is not only violated by falsehood; it may be equally outraged