Henry Adams

1838 - 1918

A Quote by Henry Brooks Adams on education, facts, and ignorance

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

Henry Adams (1838 - 1918)

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A Quote by Henry Brooks Adams on experience

All experience is an arch, to build upon.

Henry Adams (1838 - 1918)

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A Quote by Henry Brooks Adams on friendship

Friends are born, not made.

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A Quote by Henry Brooks Adams on aim, certainty, community, friendship, life, needs, and thought

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.

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A Quote by Henry Brooks Adams on good, men, and world

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

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A Quote by Henry Brooks Adams on chaos, habits, life, and order

Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.

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A Quote by Henry Brooks Adams on beginning, impossibility, and intelligence

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

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A Quote by Henry Brooks Adams on doubt, faith, good, and intelligence

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

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A Quote by Henry Brooks Adams

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

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A Quote by Henry Brooks Adams on day, expectation, friendship, good, intention, men, newspapers, patience, respect, spirit, and tact

Had Grant been a Congressman one would have been on one's guard, for one knew the type. One never expected from a Congressman more than good intentions and public spirit. Newspaper-men as a rule had no great respect for the lower House; Senators had less; and Cabinet officers had none at all. Indeed, one day when Adams was pleading with a Cabinet officer for patience and tact in dealing with Representatives, the Secretary impatiently broke out: "You can't use tact with a Congressman! A Congressman is a hog! You must take a stick and hit him on the snout!" The secretary who made the remark "may well have been Adams's friend, Secretary of the Interior Jacob Dolson Cox," according to note 18 on p. 617.

Henry Adams (1838 - 1918)

Source: The Education of Henry Adams, ed. Ernest Samuels, chapter 17, p. 261 (1973). Originally published in 1906.

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