Henry Adams Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old henry adams quotes, henry adams sayings, and henry adams proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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

Henry Adams

One friend in a lifetime is much; two are many; three are hardly possible.     

Henry Adams

Friends are born, not made.     

Henry Adams

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

Henry Adams

They know enough who know how to learn.     

Henry Adams

Unity is vision; it must have been part of the process of learning to see.     

Henry Adams

Absolute liberty is absence of restraint; responsibility is restraint; therefore, the ideally free individual is responsible to himself.     

Henry Adams

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

Henry Adams

Friends are born, not made.     

Henry Adams

Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.     

Henry Adams

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

Henry Adams

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

Henry Adams

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

Henry Adams

During an election campaign the air is full of speeches and vice versa.     

Henry Adams

Simplicity is the most deceitful mistress that ever betrayed man.     

Henry Adams

It is impossible to underrate human intelligence -- beginning with one's own.      

Henry Adams

In practice, such trifles as contradictions in principle are easily set aside; the faculty of ignoring them makes the practical man.     

Henry Adams

Average human nature is very coarse, and its ideals must necessarily be average. The world never loved perfect poise. What the world does love is commonly absence of poise, for it has to be amused.     

Henry Adams

Morality is a private and costly luxury.     

Henry Adams

Accident counts for as much in companionship as in marriage.     

Henry Adams

If one shed tears, they must be shed on one's pillow.     

Henry Adams

Practical politics consists in ignoring facts.     

Henry Adams

The gothic is singular in this; one seems easily at home in the renaissance; one is not too strange in the Byzantine; as for the Roman, it is ourselves; and we could walk blindfolded through every chink and cranny of the Greek mind; all these styles seem modern when we come close to them; but the gothic gets away.     

Henry Adams

Only on the edge of the grave can man conclude anything.     

Henry Adams

Only on the edge of the grave can man conclude anything.     

Henry Adams

In truth he had never seen a finished landscape; but Maryland was a raggedness of a new kind.     

Henry Adams

At best Madrid is a hole, but in rainy weather it is a place fit only to drown rats in.     

Henry Adams