Our true history is scarcely ever deciphered by others. The chief part of the drama is a monologue, or rather an intimate debate between God, our conscience, and ourselves. Tears, griefs, depressions, disappointments, irritations, good and evil thoughts, decisions, uncertainties, deliberations—all these belong to our secret, and are almost all incommunicable and intransmissible, even when we try to speak of them, and even when we write them down.

Henri-Frédéric Amiel (1821-1881) Swiss philosopher, poet, critic
Journal Intime, entry for 27 Oct 1856 (1882)

trans. Mrs. Humphrey Ward (1892)

Added on 27-Feb-08 | Last updated 27-Feb-08
Link to this post | No comments
More quotes by Amiel, Henri-Frédéric

Thoughts? Comments? Corrections? Feedback?