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Friends are born, not made.

Friends are born, not made.

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.

Chaos was the law of nature; Order was the dream of man. ---->>>

The American President resembles the commander of a ship at sea. He must have a helm to grasp, a course to steer, a port to seek. ---->>>

The Indian Summer of life should be a little sunny and a little sad, like the season, and infinite in wealth and depth of tone, but never hustled.

The Indian Summer of life should be a little sunny and a little sad, like the season, and infinite in wealth and depth of tone, but never hustled.

Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.

Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.

All experience is an arch, to build upon.

All experience is an arch, to build upon.

Some day science may have the existence of mankind in power, and the human race can commit suicide by blowing up the world.

Some day science may have the existence of mankind in power, and the human race can commit suicide by blowing up the world.

Simplicity is the most deceitful mistress that ever betrayed man. ---->>>

Absolute liberty is absence of restraint; responsibility is restraint; therefore, the ideally free individual is responsible to himself. ---->>>

I tell you the solemn truth, that the doctrine of the Trinity is not so difficult to accept for a working proposition as any one of the axioms of physics. ---->>>

One friend in a lifetime is much, two are many, three are hardly possible. Friendship needs a certain parallelism of life, a community of thought, a rivalry of aim. ---->>>

Everyone carries his own inch rule of taste, and amuses himself by applying it, triumphantly, wherever he travels.

Everyone carries his own inch rule of taste, and amuses himself by applying it, triumphantly, wherever he travels.

A friend in power is a friend lost.

A friend in power is a friend lost.

No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous. ---->>>

No man likes to have his intelligence or good faith questioned, especially if he has doubts about it himself. ---->>>

I am an anarchist in politics and an impressionist in art as well as a symbolist in literature. Not that I understand what these terms mean, but I take them to be all merely synonyms of pessimist. ---->>>

Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts.

Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts.

Practical politics consists in ignoring facts. ---->>>

It is always good men who do the most harm in the world. ---->>>

There is no such thing as an underestimate of average intelligence.

There is no such thing as an underestimate of average intelligence.

At best, the renewal of broken relations is a nervous matter. ---->>>

It is impossible to underrate human intelligence - beginning with one's own.

It is impossible to underrate human intelligence - beginning with one's own.

The progress of evolution from President Washington to President Grant was alone evidence to upset Darwin.

The progress of evolution from President Washington to President Grant was alone evidence to upset Darwin.

Only on the edge of the grave can man conclude anything. ---->>>

Young men have a passion for regarding their elders as senile.

Young men have a passion for regarding their elders as senile.

Morality is a private and costly luxury. ---->>>

Philosophy: Unintelligible answers to insoluble problems. ---->>>

Knowledge of human nature is the beginning and end of political education. ---->>>

We combat obstacles in order to get repose, and when got, the repose is insupportable. ---->>>

He too serves a certain purpose who only stands and cheers.

He too serves a certain purpose who only stands and cheers.

Intimates are predestined. ---->>>

A man must now swallow more belief than he can digest. ---->>>

Every man who has at last succeeded, after long effort, in calling up the divinity which lies hidden in a woman's heart, is startled to find that he must obey the God he summoned. ---->>>

Thank God, I never was cheerful. I come from the happy stock of the Mathers, who, as you remember, passed sweet mornings reflecting on the goodness of God and the damnation of infants. ---->>>

The press is the hired agent of a monied system, and set up for no other purpose than to tell lies where their interests are involved. One can trust nobody and nothing. ---->>>

Politics, as a practise, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds. ---->>>

The effect of power and publicity on all men is the aggravation of self, a sort of tumor that ends by killing the victim's sympathies. ---->>>

They know enough who know how to learn. ---->>>

No man means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous. ---->>>

Power is poison. Its effect on Presidents had always been tragic. ---->>>

The woman who is known only through a man is known wrong. ---->>>

American society is a sort of flat, fresh-water pond which absorbs silently, without reaction, anything which is thrown into it. ---->>>

Man is an imperceptible atom always trying to become one with God. ---->>>

No man, however strong, can serve ten years as schoolmaster, priest, or Senator, and remain fit for anything else. ---->>>

Accident counts for as much in companionship as in marriage. ---->>>

I have written too much history to have faith in it; and if anyone thinks I'm wrong, I am inclined to agree with him. ---->>>

Politics are a very unsatisfactory game. ---->>>

The proper study of mankind is woman. ---->>>

The difference is slight, to the influence of an author, whether he is read by five hundred readers, or by five hundred thousand; if he can select the five hundred, he reaches the five hundred thousand. ---->>>

Politics... have always been the systematic organization of hatreds. ---->>>

Power when wielded by abnormal energy is the most serious of facts. ---->>>

Susceptibility to the highest forces is the highest genius. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: February 16, 1838
Birthplace:
Die: 03-27, 1918
Occupation: Historian
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Henry Brooks Adams (February 16, 1838 – March 27, 1918) was an American historian and member of the Adams political family, being descended from two U.S. Presidents. As a young Harvard graduate, he was secretary to his father, Charles Francis Adams, Abraham Lincoln's ambassador in London, a posting that had much influence on the younger man, both through experience of wartime diplomacy and absorption in English culture, especially the works of John Stuart Mill (wikipedia)