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Quotations by Henry Brooks Adams
Henry Brooks AdamsPolitics, as a practice - Politics, as a practice, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds.

Women have a very positive moral sense - Women have, commonly, a very positive moral sense; that which they will, is right; that which they reject, is wrong; and their will, in most cases, ends by settling the moral.

Nothing in education is so astonishing - Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts.

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

The influence of an author - 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.

A teacher affects eternity - A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.

One friend in a life-time is much - One friend in a life-time is much; two are many; three are hardly possible. Friendship needs a certain parallelism of life, a community of thought, a rivalry of aim.