Henry Adams Quotes

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Born: February 16, 1838, Boston
Birth Country: USA
Died: Washington, D.C., March 27, 1918
Occupation: Author

1.
A teacher affects eternity he can never tell where his influence stops.
- Henry Adams

2.
Accident counts for as much in companionship as in marriage.
- Henry Adams

3.
All experience is an arch, to build upon.
- Henry Adams

4.
American society is a sort of flat, fresh-water pond which absorbs silently, without reaction, anything which is thrown into it.
- Henry Adams

5.
Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.
- Henry Adams

6.
Chaos was the law of nature Order was the dream of man.
- Henry Adams

7.
Everyone carries his own inch rule of taste, and amuses himself by applying it, triumphantly, wherever he travels.
- Henry Adams

8.
Friends are born, not made.
- Henry Adams

9.
He too serves a certain purpose who only stands and cheers.
- Henry Adams

10.
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.
- Henry Adams

11.
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.
- Henry Adams

12.
It is impossible to underrate human intelligence - beginning with one's own.
- Henry Adams

13.
Knowledge of human nature is the beginning and end of political education.
- Henry Adams

14.
No man likes to have his intelligence or good faith questioned, especially if he has doubts about it himself.
- Henry Adams

15.
Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts.
- Henry Adams

16.
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.
- Henry Adams

17.
Politics are a very unsatisfactory game.
- Henry Adams

18.
Politics, as a practice, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds.
- Henry Adams

19.
Politics, as a practise, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds.
- Henry Adams

20.
Politics... have always been the systematic organization of hatreds.
- Henry Adams

21.
Practical politics consists in ignoring facts.
- Henry Adams

22.
Some day science may have the existence of mankind in power, and the human race can commit suicide by blowing up the world.
- Henry Adams

23.
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.
- Henry Adams

24.
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.
- Henry Adams

25.
The progress of evolution from President Washington to President Grant was alone evidence to upset Darwin.
- Henry Adams

26.
There is no such thing as an underestimate of average intelligence.
- Henry Adams

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