Henry Adams, aka Henry Brooks Adams

Adams, aka Henry Brooks Adams

American Journalist, Historian, Academic and Novelist

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

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.

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

All experience is an arch, to build upon.

They know enough who know how to learn.

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

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.

Simplicity is the most deceitful mistress that ever betrayed man.

Practical politics consists in ignoring facts.

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

Philosophy: Unintelligible answers to insoluble problems.

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

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

Morality is a private and costly luxury.

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

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

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

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

Friendship needs a certain parallelism of life, a community of thought, a rivalry of aim.

From cradle to grave this problem of running order through chaos, direction through space, discipline through freedom, unity through multiplicity, has always been, and must always be, the task of education.

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.

What one knows is, in youth, of little moment; they know enough who know how to learn.

Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.

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American Journalist, Historian, Academic and Novelist