Henry Brooks Adams was an American historian, who lived from 1838 to 1918 and belonged to one of the most famous political dynasties in the country, The Adams'. John Quincy Adams and John Adams, his grandfather and great grandfather respectively, had both been the President of the United States. Adams attended Harvard University and graduated in 1958, before going on an extensive tour of Europe. He settled down in Washington DC and started working as a journalist, but two years later he was ap-pointed as a professor at ‘Harvard University’. His subject was Medieval History and he continued to teach at the famed university for seven years. He had also been made a member of the ‘American Academy of Arts and Sciences’. One of Adams’ most important works as a historian is the book ‘The History of the United States of America’ (1801 to 1817), which stretched across 9 volumes and is often considered a masterpiece by experts. He also wrote novels and the notable ones include ‘Democracy’ and ‘Esther’. Adams was a noted man of letters and shared his insight on various subject; we have excerpted some quotes by Henry Adams from his writings, books, novels, thoughts, work and life. Here is a collection of quotable quotes from the life and work of Henry Adams.
A new friend is always a miracle, but at thirty-three years old, such a bird of paradise rising in the sage-brush was an avatar. One friend in a lifetime is much; two are many; three are hardly possible.
Of all studies, the one he would rather have avoided was that of his own mind. He knew no tragedy so heartrending as introspection.
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.
The tourist was the great conservative who hated novelty and adored dirt.
The study of history is useful to the historian by teaching him his ignorance of women.