Henry Brooks Adams

(1838-1918 / Boston, Massachusetts)

Henry Brooks Adams Quotes

  • ''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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  • ''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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  • ''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).
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  • ''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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  • ''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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  • ''"If she belongs to any besides the present, it is to the next world which artists want to see, when paganism will come again and we can give a divinity to every waterfall."''
    Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918), U.S. historian. Wharton in Esther, p. 200, Library of America (1983).
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  • ''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.''
    Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918), U.S. historian. letter, Dec. 17, 1908.
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  • ''American society is a sort of flat, fresh-water pond which absorbs silently, without reaction, anything which is thrown into it.''
    Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918), U.S. historian. letter, Sept. 20, 1911.
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  • ''Every man who has at last succeeded, after long effort, in calling up the divinity which lies hidden in a woman's heart, is startled to find that he must obey the God he summoned.''
    Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918), U.S. historian. Esther, p. 270, Library of America (1983).
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  • ''"If our minds could get hold of one abstract truth, they would be immortal so far as that truth is concerned. My trouble is to find out how we can get hold of the truth at all."''
    Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918), U.S. historian. George Strong in Esther, p. 320, Library of America (1983).
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Best Poem of Henry Brooks Adams

Buddha And Brahma

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.
In silence , as the Master gave example,
They meditated on the Path and Law,
Till one, ...

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Buddha And Brahma

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

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