Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881) Swiss philosopher, poet, critic

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You desire to know the art of living, my friend? It is contained in one phrase: Make use of suffering. - Henri Frederic Amiel
The test of every religious, political, or educational system is the man that it forms. - Henri Frederic Amiel
Conquering any difficulty always gives one a secret joy, for it means pushing back a boundary-line and adding to one's liberty. - Henri Frederic Amiel
Time wasted is a theft from God. - Henri Frederic Amiel
Woman is the salvation or the destruction of the family. She carries its destiny in the folds of her mantle. - Henri Frederic Amiel
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. - Henri Frederic Amiel
Man is a passion which brings a will into play, which works an intelligence. - Henri Frederic Amiel
There is no respect for others without humility in one's self. - Henri Frederic Amiel
Without passion man is a mere latent force and possibility, like the flint which awaits the shock of the iron before it can give forth its spark. - Henri Frederic Amiel