Quotation by Henri-Frédéric Amiel

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These pages reproduce me very imperfectly, and there are many things in me of which I find no trace in them. I suppose it is because, in the first place, sadness takes up the pen more readily than joy; and, in the next, because I depend so much upon surrounding circumstances. When there is no call upon me, and nothing to put me to the test, I fall back into melancholy; and so the practical man, the cheerful man, the literary man, does not appear in these pages. The portrait is lacking in proportion and breadth; it is one-sided, and wants a center; it has, as it were, been painted from too near.
Henri-Frédéric Amiel (1821–1881), Swiss philosopher, poet. Trans. by Mrs. Humphrey Ward (1892). Journal Intime (1882).

entry for Dec. 23, 1866.
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