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Quotations From HENRY BROOKS ADAMS

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  • 31.
    My belief is that science is to wreck us, and that we are like monkeys monkeying with a loaded shell; we don't in the least know or care where our practically infinite energies come from or will bring us to.
    Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918), U.S. historian. Letter, August 10, 1902, to Brooks Adams. Letters, Vol. 2, pp. 391-392, ed. Worthington Chauncy Ford, Houghton Mifflin (1938).
  • 32.
    The more I live here in western Europe, the more I am impressed by the sense of decay;Mnot the graceful and dignified decay of an oriental, but the vulgar and sordid decay of a bankrupt cotton-mill.
    Henry Brooks. Adams (1838-1918), U.S. historian. Letter, January 20, 1898, to Elizabeth Cameron. Letters, Vol. 2, p. 147, ed. Worthington Chauncy Ford, Houghton Mifflin (1938).
  • 33.
    As History stands, it is a sort of Chinese Play, without end and without lesson.
    Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918), U.S. historian. Letter, November 17, 1896, to John Franklin Jameson. Letters, Vol. 2, p. 119, ed. Worthington Chauncy Ford, Houghton Mifflin (1938).

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  • 34.
    Thank God, I never was cheerful. I come from the happy stock of the Mathers, who, as you remember, passed sweet mornings reflecting on the goodness of God and the damnation of infants.
    Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918), U.S. historian. Letter, December 20, 1914, to Elizabeth Cameron. Letters, Vol. 2, p. 28, ed. Worthington Chauncy Ford, Houghton Mifflin (1938).

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