After losing his parents at an early age, Amiel travelled widely, became intimate with the intellectual leaders of Europe, and made a special study of German philosophy in Berlin. In 1849 he was appointed professor of aesthetics at the academy of Geneva, and in 1854 became professor of moral philosophy.
These appointments, conferred by the democratic party, deprived him of the support of the aristocratic party, whose patronage dominated all the culture of the city. 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. It was translated into English by American writer Mary Augusta Ward at the suggestion of academic Mark Pattison.
Although modest in volume of output, Amiel's mind was of no inferior quality, and his Journal gained a sympathy that the author had failed to obtain in his life. In addition to the Journal, he produced several volumes of poetry and wrote studies on Erasmus, Madame de Stael and other writers
He died in Geneva.
- "The man who has no inner life is the slave of his surroundings."
- "Accept life, and you must accept regret."
- "Order is power."
- "Truth is not only violated by falsehood; it may be equally outraged by silence."
- Grains de mil
- II penseroso
- Part du rêve
- Les Etrangères
- Charles le Téméraire
- Romancero historiquan
- Jour à jour
- Diário Íntimo
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Amiel, Henri Frédéric". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
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