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Quotations From HENRY BROOKS ADAMS

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  • 21.
    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 anything but flat contradiction.
    Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918), U.S. historian. The Education of Henry B. Adams, p. 803, Library of America (1983).

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  • 22.
    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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  • 23.
    Cold eyes ... steel grey, rather small, not unpleasant in good-humour, diabolic in a passion, but worst when a little suspicious; then they watch you as though you were a young rattle-snake, to be killed when convenient.
    Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918), U.S. historian. John Carrington in Democracy, p. 15, Library of America (1983). Referring to Senator Silas P. Ratcliffe.

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  • 24.
    An American Virgin would never dare command; an American Venus would never dare exist.
    Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918), U.S. historian. Mont Saint-Michel and Chartres, p. 1071, Library of America (1983).
  • 25.
    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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  • 26.
    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).

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  • 27.
    I am fairly tired—bored beyond endurance—by the world we live in, and its ideals, and am ready to say so, not violently, but kindly, as one rubs salt into the back of a flogged sailor as though one loved him.
    Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918), U.S. historian. Letter, January 9, 1892, to John Hay. Henry B. Adams and His Friends, p. 262, ed. Harold Dean Cater.

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  • 28.
    Power is poison. Its effect on Presidents had always been tragic.
    Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918), U.S. historian. The Education of Henry Adams, ch. 28 (1907). Adams explained, "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 carrion."

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  • 29.
    Henry B. Adams was the first in an infinite series to discover and admit to himself that he really did not care whether truth was, or was not, true. He did not even care that it should be proved true, unless the process were new and amusing. He was a Darwinian for fun.
    Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918), U.S. historian. The Education of Henry B. Adams, p. 932, Library of America (1983).

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  • 30.
    As for piracy, I love to be pirated. It is the greatest compliment an author can have. The wholesale piracy of Democracy was the single real triumph of my life. Anyone may steal what he likes from me.
    Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918), U.S. historian. Letter, July 11, 1905, to Brooks Adams. Letters, Vol. 2, ed. Worthington Chauncy Ford, Houghton Mifflin (1938).

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