Quotation by Henri-Frédéric Amiel

The philosopher is like a man fasting in the midst of universal intoxication. He alone perceives the illusion of which all creatures are the willing playthings; he is less duped than his neighbor by his own nature. He judges more sanely, he sees things as they are. It is in this that his liberty consists—in the ability to see clearly and soberly, in the power of mental record.
Henri-Frédéric Amiel (1821–1881), Swiss philosopher, poet. Journal Intime, entry for August 30, 1872 (1882), trans. by Mrs. Humphrey Ward (1892).
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