"All experience is an arch, to build upon."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."Henry Adams on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."Henry Adams on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."Henry Adams on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."Henry Adams on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."Henry Adams on Mark Twain
"The progress of evolution from President Washington to President Grant was alone evidence to upset Darwin."
"I am an anarchist in politics and an impressionist in art as well as a symbolist in literature. Not that I understand what these terms mean, but I take them to be all merely synonyms of pessimist."
"Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts."
"Knowledge of human nature is the beginning and end of political education."
"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."