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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This isolation inspired the one book by which Amiel is still known, the Journal Intime “Private Journal”which, published after his death, obtained a European reputation. If the henr of life is to teach us renunciation, then welcome sickness, hindrances, Bufferings of every kind!

Altogether, he is a writer of reflections rather than a phi- losopher, a critic of remarkable gifts, endowed with ex- quisite sensibility, but, as an intelligence, destitute of the capacity for co-ordination. The thoughts and senti- ments expressed have no other aim than sincerity of ren- dering.

Here inclination comes in again and interprets the oracle.

The time of apprenticeship is over. Perhaps some day this wish may find its satisfaction. The Voirons fringed with dazzling mists, and tints of intike softness over the Saleve.

For the secret of Amiel’s malady is sublime, and the expression of it won- derful. He speaks for the life of to-day as no other single voice has yet spoken for it ; in his con- tradictions, his fears, his despairs, and yet in the constant straining toward the unseen and the ideal which gives a fundamental unity to his inner life, he is the type of a generation universally touched with doubt, and yet as sen- sitive to the need of faith as any that have gone before it ; more widely conscious than its predecessors of the limita- tions of the human mind, and of the iron pressure of man’s physical environment; but at frdrci same time paradox as it may seem intie conscious of man’s greatness, more deeply thrilled by the spectacle of the nobility and beauty interwoven with the universe.

It took from the outer world what that world had to give, and then made the stuff so gained subservient to its own ends.


Amiel’s Journal

The gems in this long journal are brilliant but overall it is a meandering text of personal reflections. Abhishek rated it it was ok Aug 07, Bernard Bosanquet, Frdtic of University College, Oxford, the translator of Lotze, of whose care and pains in the mat- ter I cherish a grateful remembrance.

To ask other readers frdrix about Amiel’s Journalplease sign up. Among them was the disappearance of almost the whole existing staff of joudnal academy, then and now the center of Genevese education, and up to the stronghold of the moderate ideas offollowed by the appointment of new men less likely to hamper the Radical order of things. There were numerous frdgic passages in French and several in German, Spanish and Latin.

The century of indi- vidualism, if abstract equality triumphs, runs a great risk of intjme no more true individuals. In the first place, an omnivorous desire to know: Among those who think and read it is beginning to be generally recognized that another book has been added to the books which live not to those, perhaps, which live in the public view, much discussed, much praised, the objects of feeling and of struggle, but to those in which a germ of permanent life has been deposited silently, almost secretly, which compel no homage and excite no rivalry, and which owe the place that the world half -unconsciously yields to them to nothing but that 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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Hneri last seven years have been the most important of my life: I am always preparing and never accomplishing, and my energy is swallowed up in a kind of barren curiosity. In the directions concerning his papers which he left behind him, Amiel expressed the wish that his literary executors should publish those parts of the Journal which might seem to them to possess either inter- est as thought or value as experience.

He began to write early, as is proved hrnri the fact that at twenty intimee was a contributor to the best literary periodical which Geneva possessed.

He is the successor of St. Nothing resembles pride so much as discouragement. Amiel was never a master of poetical form; his verse, compared to his prose, is.


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Give the world thy measure, say thy word, reveal thy nullity or thy capacity. Let each day take thought for what concerns it, liquidate its own affairs and respect the day which is to follow, and then we shall be always ready.

The stars shine, the leaves trem- ble in the silver light. Why did it take frdrkc long? To know how to be ready, is to know how to start.

Beyond the religions of the present he sees always the essential religion which lasts when all local forms and marvels have passed away; and as years go on, with more and more clearness of conviction, he learns to regard all special belief s and systems as ” prejudices, useful in practice, but still narrownesses of the mind ; ” misgrowths of thought, necessary in their time and place, but still of no absolute value, and having no final claim on the thought of man.

In reading it I made note of those passages that especially struck me. I have never felt any inward assurance of genius, or any presentiment of glory or of happiness. Bourget is fully alive to the mark which the Journal is likely to make among modern records of mental history. So that there was no making up on the one side for what he had lost on the other, and he proudly resigned himself to an isolation and a reserve which, reinforcing, as they did, certain native weaknesses of char- acter, had the most unfortunate effect upon his life.

Sclierer, “he was bright, sociable, a charming com- panion. We are told that what killed him was ” heart disease, complicated by disease of the larynx,” and that he suffered “much and long. Embalm your soul in Him now, make within you a temple for the Holy Spirit, be diligent in good works, make others happier and better. Renan make of sin?