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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.

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Henri Frdric Amiel (September 27, 1821 - May 11, 1881) was a Swiss philosopher, poet and critic.

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