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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  • 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).
  • ''Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts.''
    Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918), U.S. historian. The Education of Henry B. Adams, p. 1066, Library of America (1983).
  • ''No European spring had shown him the same intermixture of delicate grace and passionate depravity that marked the Maryland May.''
    Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918), U.S. historian. The Education of Henry B. Adams, p. 965, Library of America (1983).
  • ''Chaos was the law of nature; Order was the dream of man.''
    Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918), U.S. historian. The Education of Henry B. Adams, p. 1132, The Library of America (1983).
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The Buddha, known to men by many names -
Siddartha, Sakya, Muni, Blessed One,-
Sat in the forest, as had been his wont
These many years since he attained perfection;
In silent thought, abstraction, purity,
His eyes fixed on the Lotus in his hand,
He meditated on the perfect Life,
While his disciples, sitting round him, waited
His words of teaching, every syllable
More and more precious as the Master gently
Warned them how near was come his day of parting.
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They meditated on the Path and Law,
Till one, ...

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