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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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And he plays this part of his so modestly, with so much hesitation, so much doubt of his thought and of himself! The generation which had waited for, prepared, and controlled, the Restoration of.

I will probably re-read it, or at least the Reading this book took months, yet johrnal only has pages! As all of my facebook friends know, as Henri and I traveled together on the El everyday, I sometimes found his quotes so moving that I just had to frfric Pithy tidbits as relevant now as they were then.

In all spontaneity the work of creation is reproduced in analogy. But if frdic aim is to produce the perfect man, then one must watch over one’s integrity of mind and body. Refresh and try again. It is not only that Amiel’s inmost thought and affections are stayed on this conception of “a holy will at the root of nature and destiny” in a certain very real sense he is a Christian.

All the more let me profit by the present. I am not afraid of ingenuity ; all my published literary essays are little else than studies, games, exercises, for the purpose of testing myself. Renan, “without any sacrifice of truth to artistic effect, we have both the perfect mirror of a modern mind of the best type, matured by the best modern culture, and also a striking picture of the sufferings which beset the sterility of genius.

Moral love places the center of the individual in the center of being. He is the successor of St. He also He above all is the great mis- understood, the least comprehended. And the ultimate question is this: After losing his parents at an early age, Amiel travelled widely, became intimate with the intellectual leaders of Europeand made a special study of German philosophy in Berlin. To court trial is to tempt God. Come forth from the shade! Edmond Scherer, the well-known French critic, who had been for many years one of Amiel’s most valued friends, and it was prefaced also by a little Avertissement, in which the ” Editors ” that is to say, the Genevese friends to whom the care and publication of the Journal had been in the first instance entrusted described in a few reserved and sober words the genesis and objects of the publication.

I would recommend an edition that at least footnotes the translations. The eternal life is eternally to be re-won. If death gives me time, so much the better. I tremble instead of trusting. There is an interest- xmiel description in one of his articles on Berlin, published in the Bibliotheque Universelle de Geneve, of a university ceremonial there in or aboutand of the effect produced on the student’s young imagination by the sight of half the leaders of European research gathered into a single room.


Six months after the publication of the first volume, the late Mark Pattison, who since then has himself bequeathed to literature a strange and memorable fragment of autobiography, addressed a letter to M. And meantime his whole journal is full of expressions of the deepest Christian understanding and feeling.

In Geneva itself he had been commonly regarded as a man who had signally disappointed the hopes and ex- pectations juornal his friends, whose reserve and indecision of character had in many respects spoiled his life, and alienated the society around him; while his professional lectures were generally pronounced dry and unattractive, and the few volumes of poems which represented almost his only contributions to literature had nowhere met with any real cordiality of reception.

To save from the outside to the inside and by the outside I un- derstand also the intelligence relatively to the will is an error and danger. The phil- ammiel and critic may succeed in demonstrating that the various definite forms into which the religious thought of man has thrown itself throughout history are not absolute truth, but only the temporary creations of a need which gradually and surely outgrows them all.

In addition to the Journal, he produced several volumes of poetry and wrote studies on Erasmus, Madame de Stael and other writers. Darmstetter regards it as a misfortune that the artificial stimulus given by the war to the study of German has, to some extent, checked the study of English in France. Having caught from the Germans not only their love of exact knowledge but also their love of vast horizons, their insatiable curiosity as to the whence and whither of all things, their sense of mys- tery and immensity in the universe, he then brings those elements in him which belong fgdric his French inheritance and something individual besides, which is not French but Genevese to bear on his new acquisitions, and the result is of the highest literary interest and value.

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

It is an inno- cent one, and the public may even be said to have a kind of right to know as much as can be heri it of the person- alities which move and stir it.

A mul- titude of sparks gives but a poor light. Nothing is done but what is fin- ished.

Ontime for the first time we have the Amiel of the “Journal Intime. After a public competition he was appointed, inprofessor of aesthetics and French literature at the Academy of Geneva, a post which he held for four years, exchanging it for the professorship of moral philosophy in When it was a question of separating the Frdrkc state from the church, which had been the center of the national life during three centuries of honorable history, Amiel the philosopher, the cosmopolitan, threw himself ardently on to the side of the opponents of separation, and rejoiced in their victory.

It is this balance of forces in him which makes him so widely representative of the modern mind of its doubts, its convictions, its hopes. But a mood which, in the great majority of thinkers, is intermittent, and is easily kept within bounds by the practical needs, the mere physical instincts of life, was in Amiel almost constant, and the natural impulse of the human animal toward healthy move- ment and a normal play of function, never very strong in him, was gradually weakened and destroyed by an untoward combination of circumstances.

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A German professor of Amiel’s knowledge would have wanted nothing beyond his Fetch, and nine men out of ten in his circumstances would have made themselves the slave of a magnum opus, and forgotten the vexations of everyday life in the il douces joies de la science. In the volume called “Grains de Mil,” pub- lished inand containing verse written between the ages of eighteen and thirty, there are poems addressed, now to his sister, now to old Genevese friends, and now to famous men of other countries whom he had seen and made friends with in passing, which, read side by ffdric with amile “Journal Intime,” bring a certain gleam and sparkle into an otherwise somber picture.

Journal of Henri Frederic Amiel/Preface

And so what was an austere monologue becomes iournal, reluctance becomes docility, renunciation passes into peace, and the sense of painful defeat is lost in a sense of recovered liberty. My knowledge of them, however, came too late to enable me to make use of them for the purposes of the present introduction. I felt a boundless desire to caress and play with them. It is not that he has no claims to be consid- ered a philosopher or an artist, but rather that he is both imperfectly, for he thinks and writes marvelously, jougnal a small scale.

Having completed a frric of higher education in Geneva, Amiel went abroad and then spent some years in the universities of Heidelberg and Berlin. Born in Geneva inhe was descended from a Huguenot family driven to Switzerland by the revocation of the Edict of Nantes.

Of these years of travel, however, the four years spent at Berlin were by far the most important. In his young alertness Amiel seemed to be entering upon life as a conqueror; one frdrlc have said the future was all his own. He belonged to one of the emigrant families, of which a more or less steady supply had enriched the little republic during the three centuries following the Reforma- tion.

With his extraordinary power of ” throwing him- self into the object ” of effacing himself and his own per- sonality in the presence of the thing to be undertsood and absorbed he must have passed these years of travel and acquisition in a state of continuous intellectual energy and excitement. This last has especially charmed me; it is remarkable for grace, delicacy, atticism, and precision.