Henry Adams Quotes

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.

Life Quotes, Wealth Quotes

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

Travel Quotes, Lying Quotes

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.

Life Quotes, Aim Quotes, Thought Quotes, Community Quotes


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

Thought Quotes

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

Thought Quotes

Simplicity is the most deceitful mistress that ever betrayed man.

Stress Quotes, Simplicity Quotes

Some day science may have the existence of mankind in power, and the human race can commit suicide by blowing up the world.

Power Quotes, Science Quotes

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

Purpose Quotes

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.

Trust Quotes, Purpose Quotes

Philosophy: Unintelligible answers to insoluble problems.

Problems Quotes, Philosophy Quotes

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

Passion Quotes, Men Quotes

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

Education Quotes, Knowledge Quotes, Beginning Quotes, Nature Quotes

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

Chaos Quotes, Law Quotes, Nature Quotes

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

Men Quotes

Accident counts for as much in companionship as in marriage.

Marriage Quotes

Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.

Life Quotes, Habit Quotes, Chaos Quotes

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

Intelligence Quotes

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

Beginning Quotes, Intelligence Quotes

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

Faith Quotes, Intelligence Quotes, Doubt Quotes

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.

Influence Quotes

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

Back to School Quotes, Influence Quotes

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

Education Quotes, Ignorance Quotes, Facts Quotes

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.

Faith Quotes, History Quotes

Every man who has at last succeeded, after long effort, in calling up the divinity which lies hidden in a woman's heart, is startled to find that he must obey the God he summoned.

God Quotes, Effort Quotes, Heart Quotes

Thank God, I never was cheerful. I come from the happy stock of the Mathers, who, as you remember, passed sweet mornings reflecting on the goodness of God and the damnation of infants.

God Quotes, Stock Quotes

Susceptibility to the highest forces is the highest genius.

Genius Quotes

All experience is an arch, to build upon.

Experience Quotes

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

Belief Quotes

I tell you the solemn truth, that the doctrine of the Trinity is not so difficult to accept for a working proposition as any one of the axioms of physics.

Truth Quotes, Work Quotes

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

Responsibility Quotes

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.

American Quotes

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

Action Quotes, American Quotes

4 Top Henry Adams quotes about Power

A friend in power is a friend lost.

Power Quotes

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

Power Quotes

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

Energy Quotes, Facts Quotes, Power Quotes

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.

Men Quotes, Power Quotes

5 Famous Henry Adams quotes about Politics

Politics are a very unsatisfactory game.

Politics Quotes

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.

Art Quotes, Literature Quotes, Politics Quotes

Practical politics consists in ignoring facts.

Facts Quotes, Politics Quotes

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

Hatred Quotes, Politics Quotes

Politics... have always been the systematic organization of hatreds.

Hatred Quotes, Politics Quotes