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America
Engrave this Quote 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.
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-Henry Adams
Chance
Engrave this Quote Accident counts for as much in companionship as in marriage.
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-Henry Adams
Education
Engrave this Quote They know enough who know how to learn.
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-Henry Adams
Facts
Engrave this Quote Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts.
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-Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams (1907)
Friends
Engrave this Quote 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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Humanity
Engrave this Quote The proper study of mankind is woman.
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Inferiority
Engrave this Quote No man likes to have his intelligence or good faith questioned, especially if he has doubts about it himself.
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Liberty
Engrave this Quote Absolute liberty is absence of restraint; responsibility is restraint; therefore, the ideally free individual is responsible to himself.
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-Henry Adams
Mathematics
Engrave this Quote In the one branch he most needed
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-Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams, Chapter IV (p. 60)
Men & Women
Engrave this Quote The woman who is known only through a man is known wrong.
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-Henry Adams
Morals
Engrave this Quote Morality is a private and costly luxury.
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Order
Engrave this Quote Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.
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Philosophy
Engrave this Quote Unintelligible answers to insoluble problems.
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-Henry Adams
Politics
Engrave this Quote Politics, as a practice, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds.
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-Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams, 1907
Engrave this Quote Practical politics consists in ignoring facts.
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-Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams, 1907
Engrave this Quote Modern politics is, at bottom, a struggle not of men but of forces. The men become every year more and more creatures of force, massed about central powerhouses. The conflict is no longer between the men, but between the motors that drive the men, and the men tend to succumb to their own motive forces.
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-Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams, 1907
Potential
Engrave this Quote It is impossible to underrate human intelligence -- beginning with one's own.
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Power
Engrave this Quote A friend in power is a friend lost.
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Presidency
Engrave this Quote Power is poison. Its effect on Presidents has been always tragic, chiefly as an almost indecent excitement at first, and a worse reaction afterwards; but also because no mind is so well balanced as to bear the strain of seizing unlimited force without habit or knowledge of it; and finding it disputed with him by hungry packs of wolves and hounds whose lives depend on snatching the carion.
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-Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams, 1907
Society
Engrave this Quote American society is a sort of flat, fresh-water pond which absorbs silently, without reaction, anything which is thrown into it.
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-Henry Adams
Style
Engrave this Quote Everyone carries his own inch rule of taste, and amuse himself by applying it, triumphantly, wherever he travels.
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Teaching
Engrave this Quote A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.
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Words
Engrave this Quote No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is vicious.
won the Pulitzer Prize in 1919 after Adam's death
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-Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams, 1907

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