Henry Brooks Adams

(1838-1918 / the United States)

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Henry Brooks Adams (February 16, 1838 – March 27, 1918; normally called Henry Adams) was an American journalist, historian, academic and novelist. He is best-known for his autobiographical book, The Education of Henry Adams. He was a member of the Adams political family.

He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Charles Francis Adams Sr. (1807-1886) and Abigail Brooks (1808-1889)... more »

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  • Man always made, and still makes, grotesque blunders in selecting and measuring forces, taken at random from the heap, but he never made a mistake in the value he set on the whole, which he symbolized...
    Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918), U.S. historian. The Education of Henry B. Adams, p. 1154, Library of America (1983).
  • Since [Rousseau's] time, and largely thanks to him, the Ego has steadily tended to efface itself, and, for purposes of model, to become a manikin on which the toilet of education is to be draped in or...
    Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918), U.S. historian. The Education of Henry B. Adams, pp. 721-722, Library of America (1983).
  • The spider-mind acquires a faculty of memory, and, with it, a singular skill of analysis and synthesis, taking apart and putting together in different relations the meshes of its trap. Man had in the ...
    Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918), U.S. historian. The Education of Henry B. Adams, p. 1153, Library of America (1983).
  • The great word Evolution had not yet, in 1860, made a new religion of history, but the old religion had preached the same doctrine for a thousand years without finding in the entire history of Rome an...
    Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918), U.S. historian. The Education of Henry B. Adams, p. 803, Library of America (1983).
  • ''One sought not absolute truth. One sought only a spool on which to wind the thread of history without breaking it.''
    Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918), U.S. historian. The Education of Henry B. Adams, p. 1151, Library of America (1983).
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