Top 75 Famous Inspirational Quotes of Henry Adams

Top 75 Famous Inspirational Quotes of Henry Adams

Henry Brooks Adams was an American historian and member of the Adams political family, descended from two U.S. Presidents. As a young Harvard graduate, he was secretary to his father, Charles Francis Adams, Abraham Lincoln’s ambassador to the United Kingdom. Wikipedia
Born: February 16, 1838, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: March 27, 1918, Washington, D.C., United States
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Inspirational Quotes of Henry Adams :

  1. A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. – Henry Adams

  2. They know enough who know how to learn. – Henry Adams

  3. The progress of evolution from President Washington to President Grant was alone evidence to upset Darwin. – Henry Adams

  4. No man means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous. – Henry Adams

  5. The difference is slight, to the influence of an author, whether he is read by five hundred readers, or by five hundred thousand; if he can select the five hundred, he reaches the five hundred thousand. – Henry Adams

  6. Susceptibility to the highest forces is the highest genius. – Henry Adams

  7. A friend in power is a friend lost. – Henry Adams

  8. Only on the edge of the grave can man conclude anything. – Henry Adams

  9. Simplicity is the most deceitful mistress that ever betrayed man. – Henry Adams

  10. All experience is an arch, to build upon. – Henry Adams

  11. Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts. – Henry Adams

  12. He too serves a certain purpose who only stands and cheers. – Henry Adams

  13. Young men have a passion for regarding their elders as senile. – Henry Adams

  14. Some day science may have the existence of mankind in power, and the human race can commit suicide by blowing up the world. – Henry Adams

  15. At best, the renewal of broken relations is a nervous matter. – Henry Adams

  16. Knowledge of human nature is the beginning and end of political education. – Henry Adams

  17. Everyone carries his own inch rule of taste, and amuses himself by applying it, triumphantly, wherever he travels. – Henry Adams

  18. Chaos was the law of nature; Order was the dream of man. – Henry Adams

  19. Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit. – Henry Adams

  20. Power when wielded by abnormal energy is the most serious of facts. – Henry Adams

  21. Absolute liberty is absence of restraint; responsibility is restraint; therefore, the ideally free individual is responsible to himself. – Henry Adams

  22. It is always good men who do the most harm in the world. – Henry Adams

  23. 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 Adams

  24. Politics, as a practise, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds. – Henry Adams

  25. Politics… have always been the systematic organization of hatreds. – Henry Adams

  26. It is impossible to underrate human intelligence – beginning with one’s own. – Henry Adams

  27. The American President resembles the commander of a ship at sea. He must have a helm to grasp, a course to steer, a port to seek. – Henry Adams

  28. The press is the hired agent of a monied system, and set up for no other purpose than to tell lies where their interests are involved. One can trust nobody and nothing. – Henry Adams

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  1. 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 Adams

  2. The Indian Summer of life should be a little sunny and a little sad, like the season, and infinite in wealth and depth of tone, but never hustled. – Henry Adams

  3. I am an anarchist in politics and an impressionist in art as well as a symbolist in literature. Not that I understand what these terms mean, but I take them to be all merely synonyms of pessimist. – Henry Adams

  4. There is no such thing as an underestimate of average intelligence. – Henry Adams

  5. A man must now swallow more belief than he can digest. – Henry Adams

  6. I tell you the solemn truth, that the doctrine of the Trinity is not so difficult to accept for a working proposition as any one of the axioms of physics. – Henry Adams

  7. The effect of power and publicity on all men is the aggravation of self, a sort of tumor that ends by killing the victim’s sympathies. – Henry Adams

  8. Power is poison. Its effect on Presidents had always been tragic. – Henry Adams

  9. American society is a sort of flat, fresh-water pond which absorbs silently, without reaction, anything which is thrown into it. – Henry Adams

  10. The woman who is known only through a man is known wrong. – Henry Adams

  11. I have written too much history to have faith in it; and if anyone thinks I’m wrong, I am inclined to agree with him. – Henry Adams

  12. No man, however strong, can serve ten years as schoolmaster, priest, or Senator, and remain fit for anything else. – Henry Adams

  13. Accident counts for as much in companionship as in marriage. – Henry Adams

  14. Man is an imperceptible atom always trying to become one with God. – Henry Adams

  15. No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous. – Henry Adams

  16. No man likes to have his intelligence or good faith questioned, especially if he has doubts about it himself. – Henry Adams

  17. We combat obstacles in order to get repose, and when got, the repose is insupportable. – Henry Adams

  18. A parent gives life, but as parent, gives no more. A murderer takes life, but his deed stops there. A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. – Henry Adams

  19. Unity is vision; it must have been part of the process of learning to see. – Henry Adams

  20. All State education is a sort of dynamo machine for polarizing the popular mind; for turning and holding its lines of force in the direction supposed to be most effective for State purposes. – Henry Adams

  21. Modern politics is, at bottom, a struggle not of men but of forces. – Henry Adams

  22. Even theologians, even the great theologians of the thirteenth century, even Saint Thomas Aquinas himself did not trust to faith alone, or assume the existence of God. – Henry Adams

  23. The best date movies give you something to talk about. A movie that’s a downer is a great way to find out about someone. – Henry Adams

  24. One does every day and without a second thought, what at another time would be the event of a year, perhaps of a life. – Henry Adams

  25. American art, like the American language and American education, was as far as possible sexless. – Henry Adams

  26. The great word Evolution had not yet, in 1860, made a new religion of history, but the old religion had preached the same doctrinefor a thousand years without finding in the entire history of Rome anything but flat contradiction. – Henry Adams

  27. In the history of the United States, there is no continuity at all. You can cut through it anywhere and nothing on this side of the cut has anything to do with anything on the other side. – Henry Adams

  28. As History stands, it is a sort of Chinese Play, without end and without lesson. – Henry Adams

  29. One sought not absolute truth. One sought only a spool on which to wind the thread of history without breaking it. – Henry Adams

More Inspirational Quotes of Henry Adams :
  1. Man loves most that which is his own. – Henry Adams

  2. That the American, by temperament, worked to excess, was true; work and whiskey were his stimulants; work was a form of vice; but he never cared much for money or power after he earned them. – Henry Adams

  3. Although the Senate is much given to admiring in its members a superiority less obvious or quite invisible to outsiders, one Senator seldom proclaims his own inferiority to another, and still more seldom likes to be told of it. – Henry Adams

  4. Unbroken Evolution under uniform conditions pleased every one — except curates and bishops; it was the very best substitute for religion; a safe, conservative practical, thoroughly Common-Law deity. – Henry Adams

  5. The common view of marriage as a primitive institution implies in the man more than arbitrary superiority, such as he exercised over the child, which still remained free. The woman’s slavery was assumed to be for life. – Henry Adams

  6. No man can instruct more than half-a-dozen students at once. The whole problem of education is one of its cost in money. – Henry Adams

  7. Those who seek education in the paths of duty are always deceived by the illusion that power in the hands of friends is an advantage to them. – Henry Adams

  8. Any schoolboy could see that man as a force must be measured by motion, from a fixed point. – Henry Adams

  9. Every one who marries goes it blind, more or less. – Henry Adams

  10. Friends are born, not made. – Henry Adams

  11. My favorite figure of the American author is that of a man who breeds a favorite dog, which he throws into the Mississippi River for the pleasure of making a splash. The river does not splash, but it drowns the dog. – Henry Adams

  12. The work of internal government has become the task of controlling the thousands of fifth-rate men. – Henry Adams

  13. Practical politics consists in ignoring facts. – Henry Adams

  14. Analogies are figures intended to serve as fatal weapons if they succeed, and as innocent toys if they fail.

  15. Energy is the inherent effort of every multiplicity to become unity. – Henry Adams

  16. Charles Sumner’s mind had reached the calm of WATER which receives and reflects images without absorbing them; it contains nothing but itself. – Henry Adams

  17. We shall some day catch an abstract truth by the tail, and then we shall have our religion and our immortality.

  18. The mind resorts to reason for want of training. – Henry Adams

  19. The historian must not try to know what is truth, if he values his honesty; for if he cares for his truths, he is certain to falsify his facts. – Henry Adams

  20. A society in stable equilibrium is-by definition-one that has no history and wants no historians. – Henry Adams

  21. The world is coming to an end in 1950. – Henry Adams

  22. The study of history is useful to the historian by teaching him his ignorance of women. – Henry Adams

  23. You can’t use tact with a Congressman! A Congressman is a hog! You must take a stick and hit him on the snout! – Henry Adams

  24. Politics are a very unsatisfactory game. – Henry Adams

  25. Church and State, Soul and Body, God and Man, are all one at Mont Saint Michel, and the business of all is to fight, each in his own way, or to stand guard for each other. – Henry Adams

  26. Every one must bear his own universe, and most persons are moderately interested in learning how their neighbors have managed to carry theirs. – Henry Adams

  27. If I grapple with sin in my own strength, the devil knows he may go to sleep – Henry Adams

  28. Mathematicians practice absolute freedom. – Henry Adams

  29. History is a tangled skein that one may take up at any point, and break when one has unravelled enough – Henry Adams

More Inspirational Quotes of Henry Adams :
  1. By nature, man is lazy, working only under compulsion; and when he is strong we will always live, as far as he can, upon the labor or the property of the weak. – Henry Adams

  2. The habit of expression leads to the search for something to express. Something remains as a residuum of the commonplace itself, if one strikes out every commonplace in the expression. – Henry Adams

  3. As a historian, he felt it his duty to respect everything that had ever been respected, except for the occasional statesman. – Henry Adams

  4. Laplace would have found it child’s-play to fix a ratio of progression in mathematical science between Descartes, Leibnitz, Newton and himself – Henry Adams

  5. As history stands, it is a sort of Chinese play, without end andl without lesson. With these impressions I wrote the last line of my History, asking for a round century before going further – Henry Adams

  6. Good men do the most harm. – Henry Adams

  7. Of all studies, the one he would rather have avoided was that of his own mind. He knew no tragedy so heartrending as introspection. – Henry Adams

  8. Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed. The imagination must be given not wings but weights. – Henry Adams

  9. [P]hilosophy . . .consists chiefly in suggesting unintelligible answers to insoluble problems. – Henry Adams

  10. A new friend is always a miracle, but at thirty-three years old, such a bird of paradise rising in the sage-brush was an avatar. One friend in a lifetime is much; two are many; three are hardly – Henry Adams

  11. History is only a catalogue of the forgotten. – Henry Adams

  12. Nothing is easier to teach than historical method, but, when learned, it has little use. – Henry Adams

  13. In practice, such trifles as contradictions in principle are easily set aside; the faculty of ignoring them makes the practical man. – Henry Adams

  14. American politics is a struggle, not of men but of forces. The men become every year more and more creatures of force, massed about central power houses. – Henry Adams

  15. Silence alone is respectable and respected. I believe God to be silence. – Henry Adams

  16. Teachers affect eternity; no one can tell where their influence stops. – Henry Adams

  17. Every man should have a fair-sized cemetary in which to bury the faults of his friends. – Henry Adams

  18. History is the most aristocratic of all literary pursuits, because it obliges the historian to be rich as well as educated. – Henry Adams

  19. History is only a value of relation. – Henry Adams

  20. My own conclusion is that history is simply social development along the lines of weakest resistance, and that in most cases the line of weakest resistance is found as unconsciously by society as by water. – Henry Adams

  21. Power is poison. Its effect on Presidents had always been tragic, chiefly as an almost insane excitement at first, and a worse reaction afterwards. – Henry Adams

  22. The spectacle [of American politics] resembles that of swarms of insects changing from worms to wings. They must get the wings ordie. For our salvation, Mr. Wilbur Wright is providing wings. He will also have to provide a new insect to use them. – Henry Adams

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