Quotations by Henry B. Adams

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Born: Friday, February 16, 1838
Died: Wednesday, March 27, 1918 (80 years old)
Profession: Historian


A friend in power is a friend lost.
- Henry B. Adams
(Keywords: Power, Friend)

A teacher affects eternity he can never tell, where his influence stops.
- Henry B. Adams
(Keywords: Eternity, Influence)

Absolute liberty is absence of restraint; responsibility is restraint; therefore, the ideally free individual is responsible to himself.
- Henry B. Adams
(Keywords: Absence, Liberty, Responsibility, Restraint)

Accident counts for as much in companionship as in marriage.
- Henry B. Adams
(Keywords: Marriage, Accident, Companionship)

All experience is an arch, to build upon.
- Henry B. Adams
(Keywords: Experience)

American society is a sort of flat, fresh-water pond which absorbs silently, without reaction, anything which is thrown into it.
- Henry B. Adams
(Keywords: Society, American)

At best, the renewal of broken relations is a nervous matter.
- Henry B. Adams

Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.
- Henry B. Adams
(Keywords: Life, Habit, Chaos, Order)

Chaos was the law of nature; Order was the dream of man.
- Henry B. Adams
(Keywords: Nature, Dream, Chaos, Law, Man, Order)

Everyone carries his own inch rule of taste, and amuses himself by applying it, triumphantly, wherever he travels.
- Henry B. Adams
(Keywords: Taste)

Friends are born, not made.
- Henry B. Adams
(Keywords: Friends)

He too serves a certain purpose who only stands and cheers.
- Henry B. Adams
(Keywords: Purpose)

Intimates are predestined.
- Henry B. Adams

It is always good men who do the most harm in the world.
- Henry B. Adams
(Keywords: Men, Harm, World)

It is impossible to underrate human intelligence - beginning with one's own.
- Henry B. Adams
(Keywords: Intelligence, Beginning)

Knowledge of human nature is the beginning and end of political education.
- Henry B. Adams
(Keywords: Education, Nature, Knowledge, Beginning, End, Human nature)

Morality is a private and costly luxury.
- Henry B. Adams
(Keywords: Morality, Luxury)

No man likes to have his intelligence or good faith questioned, especially if he has doubts about it himself.
- Henry B. Adams
(Keywords: Faith, Intelligence, Man)

No man means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.
- Henry B. Adams
(Keywords: Thought, Man, Words)

No man, however strong, can serve ten years as schoolmaster, priest, or Senator, and remain fit for anything else.
- Henry B. Adams
(Keywords: Man, Years)

Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts.
- Henry B. Adams
(Keywords: Education, Facts, Ignorance, Nothing)

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 B. Adams
(Keywords: Friendship, Life, Thought, Community, Needs, Rivalry)

Only on the edge of the grave can man conclude anything.
- Henry B. Adams
(Keywords: Grave, Man)

Philosophy: Unintelligible answers to insoluble problems.
- Henry B. Adams
(Keywords: Answers, Problems)

Politics are a very unsatisfactory game.
- Henry B. Adams
(Keywords: Politics)

Politics, as a practice, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds.
- Henry B. Adams
(Keywords: Politics, Practice)

Power is poison. Its effect on Presidents had always been tragic.
- Henry B. Adams
(Keywords: Power, Effect, Poison)

Power when wielded by abnormal energy is the most serious of facts.
- Henry B. Adams
(Keywords: Power, Energy, Facts)

Practical politics consists in ignoring facts.
- Henry B. Adams
(Keywords: Politics, Facts)

Simplicity is the most deceitful mistress that ever betrayed man.
- Henry B. Adams
(Keywords: Man, Simplicity)

Susceptibility to the highest forces is the highest genius.
- Henry B. Adams
(Keywords: Genius)

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.
- Henry B. Adams
(Keywords: American, President, Sea)

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.
- Henry B. Adams
(Keywords: Difference, Influence)

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.
- Henry B. Adams
(Keywords: Men, Power, Effect, Killing, Publicity, Self)

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 B. Adams
(Keywords: Trust, Purpose, Lies, Nothing, Press)

The progress of evolution from President Washington to President Grant was alone evidence to upset Darwin.
- Henry B. Adams
(Keywords: Progress, Evolution, President, Washington)

The proper study of mankind is woman.
- Henry B. Adams
(Keywords: Mankind, Study, Woman)

The woman who is known only through a man is known wrong.
- Henry B. Adams
(Keywords: Man, Woman, Wrong)

There is no such thing as an underestimate of average intelligence.
- Henry B. Adams
(Keywords: Intelligence)

They know enough who know how to learn.
- Henry B. Adams

We combat obstacles in order to get repose, and when got, the repose is insupportable.
- Henry B. Adams
(Keywords: Obstacles, Order)

Young men have a passion for regarding their elders as senile.
- Henry B. Adams
(Keywords: Men, Passion)







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