Henry Adams

Henry Brooks Adams (February 16, 1838 - March 27, 1918) was an American novelist, journalist, historian and academic

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Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of facts.
What one knows is, in youth, of little moment they know enough who know how to learn.
A teacher affects eternity he can never tell, where his influence stops.
A friend in power is a friend lost.
A teacher affects eternity; He can never tell where his influence stops.
Absolute liberty is absence of restraint; responsibility is restraint; therefore, the ideally free individual is responsible to himself.
Accident counts for as much in companionship as in marriage.
Accident counts for much in companionship, as in marriage.
American society is a sort of flat, fresh-water pond which absorbs silently, without reaction, anything which is thrown into it.
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.
Everyone carries his own inch rule of taste, and amuse himself by applying it, triumphantly, wherever he travels.
Friends are born, not made.
It is impossible to underrate human intelligence--beginning with one's own.
Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect.
No man likes to have his intelligence or good faith questioned, especially if he has doubts about it himself.
No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.
Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts.
One friend in a lifetime is much two are many three are hardly possible.
Politics, as a practice, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds.
Politics, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds.
Practical politics consists in ignoring facts.
The best date movies give you something to talk about. A movie that's a downer is a great way to find out about someone.
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.
There is no such thing as an underestimate of average intelligence.
Whatever happens at all happens as it should thou wilt find this true, if thou shouldst watch closely.
You say that love is nonsense....I tell you it is no such thing. For weeks and months it is a steady physical pain, an ache about the heart, never leaving one, by night or by day a long strain on one's nerves like toothache or rheumatism, not intolerable at any one instant, but exhausting by its steady drain on the strength.

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