Henry Adams Quotes & Wallpapers

Henry Adams
Total Quotes: 241

The sensation of seeing extremely fine women, with superb forms, perfectly unconscious of undress, and yet evidently aware of their beauty and dignity, is worth a week's seasickness to experience.... To me the effect [of a Siva dance] was that of a dozen Rembrandts intensified into the most glowing beauty of life and motion. Henry Adams

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

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 Adams

To my fancy, one looks back on life, it has only two responsibilities, which include all the others: one is the bringing of new life into existence; the other, educating it after it is brought in. All betrayals of trust result from these original sins. Henry Adams

I am fairly tired-bored beyond endurance-by the world we live in, and its ideals, and am ready to say so, not violently, but kindly, as one rubs salt into the back of a flogged sailor as though one loved him. Henry Adams

An American Virgin would never dare command; an American Venus would never dare exist. Henry Adams

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

The spider-mind acquires a faculty of memory, and, with it, a singular skill of analysis and synthesis, taking apart and putting together in different relations the meshes of its trap. Man had in the beginning no power of analysis or synthesis approaching that of the spider, or even of the honey-bee; but he had acute sensibility to the higher forces. Henry Adams

The idea that any personal deity could find pleasure or profit in torturing a poor woman, by accident, with a fiendish cruelty known to man only in perverted and insane temperaments, could not be held for a moment. For pure blasphemy, it made pure atheism a comfort. Henry Adams

It [love] is a disease to be born with patience, like any nervous complaint, and to be treated with counter-irritants. Henry Adams

My rule in making up examination questions is to ask questions which I can't myself answer. It astounds me to see how some of my students answer questions which would play the deuce with me. Henry Adams

The less a tourist knows, the fewer mistakes he need make, for he will not expect himself to explain ignorance. Henry Adams

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

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

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

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 Adams

Henry James chews more than he bites off. Henry Adams

I hate photographs abstractly, because they have given me more ideas perversely and immovably wrong, than I ever should get by imagination. Henry Adams

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

One could not stay a month without loving the shabby town Henry Adams

Not merely the idols fell, but also the habit of faith. Henry Adams

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

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. Henry Adams

In the one branch he most needed - mathematics - barring the few first scholars, failure was so nearly universal that no attempt at grading could have had value, and whether he stood fortieth or ninetieth must have been an accident or the personal favor of the professor. Henry Adams

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

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

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

An artist's business is only to see. Henry Adams

Education should try to lessen the obstacles, diminish the friction, invigorate the energy, and should train minds to react, not at haphazard, but by choice, on the lines of force that attract their world. What one knows is, in youth, of little moment; they know enough who know how to learn. Henry Adams

Probably the institution of marriage had its origin in love of property. Both men and women were united in this-that whatever they loved best, they wished to possess. The usual theory holds that the communal system would not permit the gratification of this desire at the expense of communal rights, and that therefore men were driven to gratify their passion by purchasing or by capturing women from neighboring and hostile tribes. Henry Adams

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

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