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Henry Adams quotes

Friends are born, not made.

Chaos was the law of nature; Order was the dream of man.

Politics are a very unsatisfactory game.

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.

Practical politics consists in ignoring facts.

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.

Man is an imperceptible atom always trying to become one with God.

Morality is a private and costly luxury.

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.

A friend in power is a friend lost.

Philosophy: Unintelligible answers to insoluble problems.

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

The proper study of mankind is woman.

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

He too serves a certain purpose who only stands and cheers.

At best, the renewal of broken relations is a nervous matter.

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

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

Young men have a passion for regarding their elders as senile.

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