Henry Brooks Adams

Henry Brooks Adams

American historian

Lived from: 1838-1918

Category: History and sociology

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    Politics, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds.
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    It is impossible to underrate human intelligence - beginning with one's own.
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    The woman who is known only through a man is known wrong.
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    Unintelligible answers to insoluble problems.
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    A friend in power is a friend lost.
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    A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.
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    Absolute liberty is absence of restraint; responsibility is restraint; therefore, the ideally free individual is responsible to himself.
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    Accident counts for as much in companionship as in marriage.
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    American society is a sort of flat, fresh-water pond which absorbs silently, without reaction, anything which is thrown into it.
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    As for America, it is the ideal fruit of all your youthful hopes and reforms. Everybody is fairly decent, respectable, domestic, bourgeois, middle-class, and tiresome. There is absolutely nothing to revile except that it's a bore.
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    Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.
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    Everyone carries his own inch rule of taste, and amuse himself by applying it, triumphantly, wherever he travels.
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    Morality is a private and costly luxury.
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    No man likes to have his intelligence or good faith questioned, especially if he has doubts about it himself.
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    No man means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.
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