Amiel's Journal

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  • Jessica
    Dec 31, 1969


    I have completed my journey with Henri. I was a little sad to lose him. Of course technically he died over 100 years ago and I could just start over at the beginning...maybe someday I will. It is not an easy read and it took me a long time to get through it but I feel my life a little ...

  • Amy
    Dec 31, 1969


    Reading this book took months, yet it only has 236 pages! Why did it take so long? Well, I had to stop after almost every journal entry and allow myself some reflection time. He taught philosophy and aesthetics in the mid-1800s. His journal covers literature (hates Victor Hugo), music,...

  • Andrew
    Dec 31, 1969


    What an odd book-- Henri-Fr茅d茅ric Amiel is one of those minds who's remarkably difficult to pin down. Deeply religious, but ultimately skeptical; aristocratic in spirit, but grudgingly realistic to know that democracy is the only way forward for a society; admiring of science, bu...

  • Larry Hansen
    Dec 31, 1969

    Larry Hansen

    This is a very enjoyable read if you are one who likes to examine life. Also, a slow read.The journal was filled with insightful aphorisms about truth, society, and life in general. Amiel was torn between living an introverted, mystical-philosophical life and a outward, productive one....

  • Sluggo
    Dec 31, 1969


    This man had so many interesting things to say about such a WIDE variety of subjects, he was truly amazing. Unfortunately this was the "woe is me" bane of his life- he despaired that he was never able to let himself focus on ONE thing, and so never gained the fame and wealth he could h...

  • Carol
    Dec 31, 1969


    Well worth reading. ...

  • Sunny
    Dec 31, 1969


    philosophical book/journal by this unheard of legend. behind nietzsche and emerson one fo teh most interesting collection of philosophical musings i have ever read. there is literally something philospically engaging/questionning on every other page that gets themind pondering and thin...

  • Lisa
    Dec 31, 1969


    Too dark and depressing for me especially struggling with my own issues at the time. His critiques of other works is also not useful to me since I have no idea who most of those people or works were. It's also sad that people died of easily treated diseases before modern times. Had Ami...

  • Scott Harris
    Dec 31, 1969

    Scott Harris

    The gems in this long journal are brilliant but overall it is a meandering text of personal reflections. In some ways, Amiel's reflections are so intellectual and reflective that his life and experiences are obscured. ...

  • Matty
    Dec 31, 1969


    In between large chunks of convoluted digressions in a huge variety of topics he shares his - usually morose poetic - opinion on, you get a few insights of wisdom. I couldn't make it past the 172nd page, it's too dry a read. ...