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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Too long contact with the German mind had led to the development in him of certain strangenesses of style which he had afterward to get rid of, and even perhaps of some habits of thought which he afterward felt the need of checking and correcting. Scherer, ” do others expect much from me? As long as he can hold his pen, and while he has a moment of solitude, he collects himself before this echo of himself, and converses with his God.

Amiel was never a master of poetical form; his verse, compared to his prose, is. But he raises no question as to the inevitable subjection of the French to the German mind in matters of exact thought and knowledge. When tlie spontaneity is unconscious, you have simple action; when it is con- scious, intelligent and moral action. He had read enormously, thought enormously, and in the absence of any imperative claim on the practical side of him, the accumulative, reflective faculties had grown out of all pro- portion to the rest of the personality.

Izzy rated it really liked it Nov 27, At bottom, the God of justice veils from me the God of love. It’s also sad that people died of easily treated diseases before modern times. Refresh and try again.

Amiel’s Journal by Henri-Frédéric Amiel

I skimmed those entries. The ideal poisons for me all imperfect possession. Sofia rated it it was amazing Dec 28, Raddydaddy rated it it was amazing Nov 18, Rossi had left Geneva, Henri Frederic Amiel, at twelve years old, was left orphaned of both his parents. No one is more sensitive ‘than he to the contribution which Christianity has made to the religious wealth of mankind ; no one more penetrated than he with the truth of its essential doctrine ” death unto sin and a new birth unto righteousness.

Kossi and Sismondi were busy lecturing to the Genevese youth, or taking part in Genevese legislation ; an active scientific group, headed by the Pictets, De la Kive, and the botanist Auguste-Pyrame de Candolle, kept the country abreast of European thought and speculation, while the mixed nationality of the place the blending in it of French keenness with Protestant enthusiasms and Protestant solidity was beginning to find inimitable and characteristic expression in the stories of Topffer.


I felt at first a very strong attraction toward the book, and a deep interest in it, but I have already a good deal cooled down. The only but the sufficient revelation!

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

Let yourself read it really slowly and and you will enjoy it. Amiel was torn between living an introverted, mystical-philosophical life and a outward, productive one. There can be no doubt that he suffered, both journap mind and character, from the struggle the position involved.

Redemption, eternal life, divinity, humanity, propitiation, incarnation, judgment, Satan, heaven and hell all these beliefs have been so materialized and coarsened, that with a strange irony they present to us the spectacle of things having a profound meaning and yet carnally interpreted. In it he has made full and bitter confession of his weakness, his failure; he has endeavored, with an acuteness of analysis no other hand can rival, to make the reasons of his failure and isolation clear both to himself and others.

Conscience and the moral progress of the race these are his points of departure.

Scherer’s Intro- duction supplied such facts as were heri necessary to the understanding of AmiePs intellectual history, but nothing more. He was, as we have said, a delightful correspondent, “taking pains with the smallest note,” and within a small circle of friends much liked. There are some challenges.

To whom and to what have I ever been of any use? His difficulties do not go deep enough ; his struggle is intellectually not serious enough we see in it only a common incident of modern experi- ence poetically told; it journxl no light on the genesis and progress of the great forces which are molding and reno- vating the thought of the present it tells us nothing for the future.

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 jokrnal 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 nitime 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.

For his study of himself is only a means frdfic an end.

So that he was by no means generally popular, and the great success of the Journal is still a mystery to the majority of those who knew him merely as a fellow-citizen and acquaintance, But his friends loved him and believed in him, and the reserved student, whose manners were thought aifected in general society, could and did make himself delightful to those who understood him, or those who looked to him.


Abhishek rated it it frdrif ok Aug 07, I journa, just been looking through the complete works of Montesquieu, and cannot yet make plain to my- self the impression left on me by this singular style, with its mixture of gravity and affectation, of carelessness and precision, of strength and delicacy; so full of sly intention for all its coldness, mournal at once inquisitiveness and indifference, abrupt, piecemeal, like notes thrown together haphazard, and yet deliberate.

Amiel’s Journal

But instead he was at Berlin, in the center of that speculative ferment which followed the death of Hegel and the break-up of the Hegelian idea into a number of differ- ent and conflicting sections of philosophical opinion. They show us a sensitive, impressionable boy, of health rather delicate than robust, already disposed to a more or less melancholy and dreamy view hdnri life, and showing a deep interest in those religious problems and ideas in which the air of Geneva has been steeped since the days of Calvin.

Last outbreak of a rebellious and deceitful self-will, crav- ing for repose for satisfaction, for independence!

But the animal in us must be satisfied first, and we must first banish from among us all suffering which is superfluous and has its origin in social arrangements, before we can return to spiritual goods.

In some ways, Amiel’s reflections are so intellectual and reflective that his life and experiences are obscured. Amiel’s whole life was spent in Geneva, where he died inin no wise distinguished from the great number of those very ordinary professors who, mechani- cally compiling ajiel lectures from the latest books in their specialty, likewise mechanically repeat nournal to their hearers, and from the jounal larger number of unre- strained versifiers journla offer their unnecessary but still salable wares to journals having a circulation of tens of thousands.

In many respects there was a gulf of difference between the two men. But a good book. 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. Life is but a tissue of habits.