Henry Adams

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Henry Brooks Adams (February 16, 1838 – March 27, 1918) was an American historian and member of the Adams political family, being descended from two U.S. Presidents. As a young Harvard graduate, he was secretary to his father, Charles Francis Adams, Abraham Lincoln’s ambassador in London, a posting that had much influence on the younger man, both through experience of wartime diplomacy and absorption in English culture, especially the works of John Stuart Mill. After the American Civil War, he became a noted political journalist who entertained America’s foremost intellectuals at his homes in Washington and Boston. In his lifetime, he was best known for his History of the United States During the Administrations of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, a 9-volume work, praised for its literary style. His posthumously published memoirs, The Education of Henry Adams, won the Pulitzer Priz... More

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Henry Adams #Alone

Photo of Henry Adams The progress of evolution from President Washington to President Grant was alone evidence to upset Darwin.
Henry Adams #Art #Politics

Photo of Henry Adams I am an anarchist in politics and an impressionist in art as well as a symbolist in literature. Not that I understand what these terms mean, but I take them to be all merely synonyms of pessimist.
Henry Adams #Trust

Photo of Henry 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.
Henry Adams #Education #Science

Photo of Henry Adams Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts.
Henry Adams #Education #Knowledge

Photo of Henry Adams Knowledge of human nature is the beginning and end of political education.
Henry Adams #Experience

Photo of Henry Adams All experience is an arch, to build upon.
Henry Adams #Faith #History

Photo of Henry Adams I have written too much history to have faith in it and if anyone thinks I'm wrong, I am inclined to agree with him.
Henry Adams #Faith #Intelligence

Photo of Henry Adams No man likes to have his intelligence or good faith questioned, especially if he has doubts about it himself.
Henry Adams #Friendship

Photo of Henry Adams Friends are born, not made.
Henry Adams #History

Photo of Henry Adams Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.
Henry Adams #Intelligence

Photo of Henry Adams There is no such thing as an underestimate of average intelligence.
Henry Adams #Intelligence

Photo of Henry Adams It is impossible to underrate human intelligence - beginning with one's own.
Henry Adams #Marriage

Photo of Henry Adams Accident counts for as much in companionship as in marriage.
Henry Adams #Nature

Photo of Henry Adams Chaos was the law of nature Order was the dream of man.
Henry Adams #Politics

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

Photo of Henry Adams He too serves a certain purpose who only stands and cheers.
Henry Adams #Life #Sad

Photo of Henry Adams The Indian Summer of life should be a little sunny and a little sad, like the season, and infinite in wealth and depth of tone, but never hustled.
Henry Adams #Politics

Photo of Henry Adams Politics are a very unsatisfactory game.
Henry Adams #Politics

Photo of Henry Adams Practical politics consists in ignoring facts.
Henry Adams #Politics

Photo of Henry Adams Politics... have always been the systematic organization of hatreds.
Henry Adams #Teacher

Photo of Henry Adams A teacher affects eternity he can never tell where his influence stops.
Henry Adams #Travel

Photo of Henry Adams Everyone carries his own inch rule of taste, and amuses himself by applying it, triumphantly, wherever he travels.
Henry Adams #Friendship

Photo of Henry 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.
Henry Adams #Politics

Photo of Henry Adams Politics, as a practise, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds.
Henry Adams #Society

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