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Quotes from Henry B Adams

"A friend in power is a friend lost."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Chaos was the law of nature; Order was the dream of man."

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

"Friends are born, not made."

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

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

"Intimates are predestined."

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

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

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

"Morality is a private and costly luxury."

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

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

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

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

"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."

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

"Philosophy: Unintelligible answers to insoluble problems."

"Politics are a very unsatisfactory game."

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

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

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

"Practical politics consists in ignoring facts."

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

"Susceptibility to the highest forces is the highest 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."

"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."

"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."

"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."

"The progress of Evolution from President Washington to President Grant was alone evidence enough to upset Darwin."

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

"The proper study of mankind is woman."

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

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

"They know enough who know how to learn."

"Unintelligible answers to insoluble problems."

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

"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."

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