"He too serves a certain purpose who only stands and cheers."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."Henry Adams on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Henry Adams on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Henry Adams on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Henry Adams on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."Henry Adams on Joseph Stalin
"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."
"All experience is an arch, to build upon."