Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918) American journalist, historian, academic, novelist

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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
A friend in power is a friend lost. - Henry Brooks Adams
No man means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous. - Henry Brooks Adams
Politics, as a practice, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds. - Henry Brooks Adams
No man, however strong, can serve ten years as schoolmaster, priest, or Senator, and remain fit for anything else. - Henry Brooks Adams
Morality is a private and costly luxury. - Henry Brooks Adams
Unintelligible answers to insoluble problems. - Henry Brooks Adams
What one knows is, in youth, of little moment; they know enough who know how to learn. - Henry Brooks Adams
The woman who is known only through a man is known wrong. - Henry Brooks Adams
Power is poison. It's effect on Presidents had always been tragic. - Henry Brooks Adams