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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1289
AUTHOR: Henri Frédéric Amiel (1821–81)
QUOTATION: Oh, order! Material order, intellectual order, moral order! What a comfort and strength, and what an economy! To know where we are going and what we want; that is order. To keep one’s word, to do the right thing, and at the right time: more order. To have everything under one’s hand, to put one’s whole army through its manoeuvres, to work with all one’s resources: still order. To discipline one’s habits and efforts and wishes, to organize one’s life and distribute one’s time, to measure one’s duties and assert one’s rights, to put one’s capital and resources, one’s talents and opportunities to profit: again and always order. Order is light, peace, inner freedom, self-determination: it is power. To conceive order, to return to order, to realize order in oneself, around oneself, by means of oneself, this is aesthetic and moral beauty, it is well-being, it is what ought to be.
ATTRIBUTION: HENRI FRÉDÉRIC AMIEL, journal entry, January 27, 1860.—The Private Journal of Henri Frédéric Amiel, trans. Van Wyck Brooks and Charles Van Wyck Brooks, enl. and rev. ed., pp. 131–32 (1935).