Henry Brooks Adams
(1838-1918) American Historian
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A friend in power is a friend lost.
Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts.
Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.
No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean.
Friends are born, not made.
In plain words, Chaos was the law of nature Order was the dream of man.
No man means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.
The woman who is known only through a man is known wrong.
One friend in a lifetime is much, two are many, three are hardly possible. Friendship needs a certain parallelism of life, a community of thought, a rivalry of aim.
You say that love is nonsense - I tell you it is no such thing. For weeks and months it is a steady physical pain, an ache about the heart, never leaving one, by night or by day; a long strain on one's nerves like toothache or rheumatism, not intolerable at any one instant, but exhausting by its steady drain on the strength.
Practical politics consists in ignoring facts.
The proper study of mankind is woman.
Morality is a private and costly luxury.
A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.
No man likes to have his intelligence or good faith questioned, especially if he has doubts about it himself.
They know enough who know how to learn.