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HENRY BROOKS ADAMS
American man of letters
(1838 - 1918)
  CHECK READING LIST (4)  

A friend in power is a friend lost.
      - [Friends]

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.
      - [Teachers]

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

Accident counts for much in companionship as in marriage.
      - [Accident]

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

He too serves a certain purpose who only stands and cheers.
      - [Purpose]

Intimates are predestined.
      - [Love]

Law is merely the expression of the will of the strongest for the time being, and therefore laws have no fixity, but shift from generation to generation.
      - [Law]

Morality is a private and costly luxury.
      - [Morality]

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

No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean.
      - [Speech]

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

One friend in a lifetime is much; two are many; three are hardly possible.
      - [Friends]

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

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

Practical politics consists in ignoring facts.
      - [Politics]

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.
      - [Power]

They know enough who know how to learn.
      - [Learning]

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

Words were with them forms of expression which varied with individuals, but falsehood was more or less necessary to all.
      - [Words]

Young men have a passion for regarding their elders as senile.
      - [Senility]

For reasons which many persons thought ridiculous, Mrs. Lightfoot Lee decided to pass the winter in Washington.
      - Democracy [Books (First Lines)]

The new church of St. John's, on Fifth Avenue, was thronged the morning of the last Sunday of October, in the year 1880. Sitting in the gallery, beneath the unfinished frescoes, and looking down the nave, one caught an effect of autumn gardens, a suggestion of chrysanthemums and geraniums, or of October woods, dashed with scarlet oaks and yellow maples.
      - Esther (ch. 1) [Books (First Lines)]


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