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Henry B. Adams
February 16, 1838 - March 27, 1918
Category: Historian

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


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


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


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


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


Intimates are predestined.


Susceptibility to the highest forces is the highest genius.


The proper study of mankind is woman.


Friends are born, not made.


In plain words, Chaos was the law of nature Order was the dream of man.


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


A friend in power is a friend lost.


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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