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Henry Brooks Adams Quotes

(1838-1918), American Historian

As for America, it is the ideal fruit of all your youthful hopes and reforms. Everybody is fairly decent, respectable, domestic, bourgeois, middle-class, and tiresome. There is absolutely nothing to revile except that it's a bore.

Category: America

They know enough who know how to learn.

Category: Education

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

Category: 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.

Category: Friends And Friendship

The proper study of mankind is woman.

Category: Humankind

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

Category: Inferiority

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

Category: Liberty

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

Category: Men And Women

Morality is a private and costly luxury.

Category: Morality

Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.

Category: Order

Unintelligible answers to insoluble problems.

Category: Philosophers And Philosophy

Practical politics consists in ignoring facts.

Category: Politicians And Politics

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

Category: Politicians And Politics

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

Category: Possibilities

A friend in power is a friend lost.

Category: Power