Henry Adams
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"Henry Brooks Adams" was an American historian and member of the Adams political family, being descended from two U.S. Presidents.

As a young Harvard University/Harvard graduate, he was secretary to his father, Charles Francis Adams, Sr./Charles Francis Adams, Abraham Lincoln’s ambassador in London, a posting that had much influence on the younger man, both through experience of wartime diplomacy and absorption in English culture, especially the works of John Stuart Mill. After the American Civil War, he became a noted political journalist who entertained America’s foremost intellectuals at his homes in Washington and Boston.

In his lifetime, he was best known for his The History of the United States of America 1801 – 1817/History of the United States During the Administration of Thomas Jefferson, a 9-volume work, praised for its literary style, but sometimes criticized for inaccuracy.

His posthumously published memoirs, The Education of Henry Adams, won the Pulitzer Prize and went on to be named by The Modern Library as the top English-language nonfiction book of the twentieth century.

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Friends are born, not made.

There is no such thing as an underestimate of average intelligence.

Practical politics consists in ignoring facts.

I was interested in politics, thought I had good speaking abilities. I talked with Mr. Oliver about it and he suggested I go ahead.

This is way beyond expectations. We've got the second best golfer in the state at Aspen High School, and I am really proud of him.

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

A teacher affects eternity.

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

A friend in power is a friend lost.

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

I have written too much history to have faith in it; and if anyone thinks I'm wrong, I am inclined to agree with him.

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

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

The proper study of mankind is woman.