Amiel’s Journal has ratings and 14 reviews. Jessica said: I have completed my journey with Henri. I was a little sad to lose him. Of course technical. Donor challenge: Your generous donation will be matched 2-to-1 right now. Your $5 becomes $15! Dear Internet Archive Supporter,. I ask only once a year. INTRODUCTION. IT WAS in the last days of December, , that the first volume of Henri Frederic Amiel’s “Journal Intime” was published at Geneva. The book.

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But the work itself remains unachieved. And the result is another soul’s tragedy, another story of conflict and failure, which throws fresh light on the mys- terious capacities of human nature, and warns us, as the letters of Obermann in their day warned the generation of George Sand, smiel with the rise of new intellectual percep- tions new spiritual dangers come into being, and that across the path of continuous evolution which the modern mind is traversing there lies frcric a selva oscura, many a lonely and desolate tract, in which loss and pain await it.

In the first place, an omnivorous desire to know: In the first place, no doubt, its poetical quality, its beauty of manner that fine literary expression in which Amiel has been able to clothe the subtler processes of thought, no less than the secrets of religious feeling, or the aspects of natural scenery. And yet, at the same time it attracts me ; I have need of it. Finally he likes to discuss his faith and religion quite a bit and although I am not a believer he continues even on this topic to be a philosopher so I wasn’t put off by the expression of his feelings about how he believed how religion and faith improved his life and lives of others.

Or rather, above the economic and political equality to which the socialist and non-socialist democracy aspires, taking it too often for the term of its efforts, will there intkme arise a new kingdom of mind, a church of refuge, a republic of souls, in which, far beyond the region of mere right and sordid utility, beauty, devo- tion, holiness, heroism, enthusiasm, the extraordinary, the 18 AMIEL’S JO URNAL. Scherer to have the world at his feet.

Amiel’s Journal: The Journal Intime of Henri-Frédéric Amiel by Henri Frédéric Amiel – Free Ebook

To be able to enjoy such leisure, these peaceful fields, fine weather, contentment; to have my two sisters with me; to rest my eyes on balmy meadows and blossoming orchards; to listen to the life singing in the grass and on the trees; to be so calmly happy is it not too much?


Amiel left the letter for three months unanswered and then wrote a reply which M. Sofia rated it it was amazing Dec 28, The one is critical, purifying, negative; the other is vivifying, fertilizing, positive. He plays with thought, and makes it produce a crowd of pretty things in detail, but he is more anxious about truths than truth, and what is essential in thought, its sequence, its unity, escapes him.

It is ten o’clock at night. It is an inno- cent one, and the public may even be said to ibtime a kind of right to know as much as can be told it of the person- alities which move and stir it. Scberer probably received with a sigh of impatience. Rio is now in his turn a master.

If death intimee me time, so much the better. He is one of those men who are superior to their works, and who have themselves the unity which these lack. Sclierer, “he was bright, sociable, a charming com- panion. A plateau with fewer and fewer undulations, without contrasts and without oppositions, such will be the aspect of human society.

Scherer, ” remembers having heard him speak with deep emotion of that lofty serenity of mood which he had ex- perienced during his years in Germany whenever, in the early morning before dawn, with his reading-lamp beside him, he had found himself penetrating once more into the region of pure thought, ‘conversing with ideas, enjoying the inmost life of things.

Journal of Henri Frederic Amiel/Preface

All the pleasant paths which traverse the kingdom of Knowledge, in which so many of us find shelter and life-long means of happiness, led Amiel straight into the wilderness of ab- stract speculation. In the directions concerning his papers which he left behind him, Amiel expressed the wish that his literary executors should frdruc those parts of the Journal which might seem to them to possess either inter- est as thought or value as experience.

Unfortunately this journall the “woe is me” bane of his life- he despaired that he was never able to let himself focus on ONE thing, and so never gained the fame and wealth he could have had.

Give the world thy measure, say thy word, reveal thy nullity or thy capacity. Amiel hendi profoundly sensitive to the problems of evil and responsibility, and M. By continual leveling and division of labor, society will become everything and man nothing.

I tremble instead of trusting. But for the rest the story of his inner life has but small value in the history of thought.


Not that the whole of the Journal flows with the same ease, the same felicity. On the death of the mother the little family was broken up, the boy passing into the care of one relative, his two sisters into iournal of another.

Everything of a local or private character that frdfic be excluded was excluded. Amiel’s intellectual interest is untiring. If science does not produce love it is insufficient. This book was an international best-seller at the time it was published, after his death.

Work in the fields, two delightful donkeys, one pulling greedily at a hedge of barberry. But the ultimate creed of both, the way in which both interpret the facts of nature and consciousness, is practically the same.

Henri-Frédéric Amiel – Wikipedia

Drdric, “has his defects, but he was certainly one of the strongest speculative heads who, during the period from tohave reflected on the nature of things. The whole be- comes less barbarous, and at the same time more vulgar.

Stephanie rated it really liked it Jul 25, I will probably re-read it, or at least the hundreds of quotes in my Kindle clippings folder. I am always preparing and never accomplishing, and my energy is swallowed up frdruc a kind of barren curiosity.

And yet at the time of his death all that this fine critic and profound thinker had given to the world, after a life entirely spent in the pursuit of letters, was, in the first place, a few volumes of poems which had had no effect except on a small number of sympathetic friends; a few pages of pensees intermin- gled with the poems, and, as we now know, extracted from the Journal ; and four or five scattered essays, the length of magazine articles, on Mme.

We have been carried forward, however, a little too far by this general discussion of AmiePs debts to Germany. These scattered and fragmentary thoughts, falling upon one journall a pause, like drops of light, tire, not my head, ajiel reasoning power. I think that the distinction established by Pascal be- tween the first and the second classes, between those who, as he says, finding God, serve Him with all their hearts, and those who, not finding Him, seek Him with all their hearts, is not only not so great as he imag- ined, but does not even exist at all.