Henry B. Adams Quotes

The difference is slight, to the influence of an author, whether he is read by five hundred readers, or by five hundred thousand.. view

By: Henry B. Adams

Young men have a passion for regarding their elders as senile... view

By: Henry B. Adams

Only on the edge of the grave can man conclude anything... view

By: Henry B. Adams

We combat obstacles in order to get repose, and when got, the repose is insupportable... view

By: Henry B. Adams

Politics are a very unsatisfactory game... view

By: Henry B. Adams

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

By: Henry B. Adams

Power is poison. Its effect on Presidents had always been tragic... view

By: Henry B. Adams

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

By: Henry B. Adams

Practical politics consists in ignoring facts... view

By: Henry B. Adams

Simplicity is the most deceitful mistress that ever betrayed man... view

By: Henry B. Adams

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... view

By: Henry B. Adams

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... view

By: Henry B. Adams

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... view

By: Henry B. Adams

The progress of evolution from President Washington to President Grant was alone evidence to upset Darwin... view

By: Henry B. Adams

The proper study of mankind is woman... view

By: Henry B. Adams

The woman who is known only through a man is known wrong... view

By: Henry B. Adams

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

By: Henry B. Adams

They know enough who know how to learn... view

By: Henry B. Adams

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... view

By: Henry B. Adams

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

By: Henry B. Adams

Susceptibility to the highest forces is the highest genius... view

By: Henry B. Adams

Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit... view

By: Henry B. Adams

No man, however strong, can serve ten years as schoolmaster, priest, or Senator, and remain fit for anything else... view

By: Henry B. Adams

A friend in power is a friend lost... view

By: Henry B. Adams

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

By: Henry B. Adams

Absolute liberty is absence of restraint.. view

By: Henry B. Adams

Accident counts for as much in companionship as in marriage... view

By: Henry B. Adams

All experience is an arch, to build upon... view

By: Henry B. Adams

Philosophy: Unintelligible answers to insoluble problems... view

By: Henry B. Adams

At best, the renewal of broken relations is a nervous matter... view

By: Henry B. Adams

Chaos was the law of nature.. view

By: Henry B. Adams

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

By: Henry B. Adams

No man means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous... view

By: Henry B. Adams

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

By: Henry B. Adams

Morality is a private and costly luxury... view

By: Henry B. Adams

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

By: Henry B. Adams

It is impossible to underrate human intelligence - beginning with one's own... view

By: Henry B. Adams

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

By: Henry B. Adams

Intimates are predestined... view

By: Henry B. Adams

He too serves a certain purpose who only stands and cheers... view

By: Henry B. Adams

Friends are born, not made... view

By: Henry B. Adams

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

By: Henry B. Adams