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Henry Adams

Fecha de nacimiento: 16. Febrero 1838
Fecha de muerte: 27. Marzo 1918
Otros nombres: Henry Brooks Adams

Henry Brooks Adams fue un hombre de letras e historiador estadounidense.

Siendo parte de la élite de Boston y descendiente de dos presidentes, fue educado con cierta aversión por la política norteamericana de su tiempo. De joven fue corresponsal y editor de un periódico, exigió reformas sociales y políticas, pero se vio desilusionado con un mundo que él describía como desprovisto de principios.

Esa pérdida de fe, fue reflejada en su novela Democracy: An American Novel . Su estudio sobre la democracia de Estados Unidos, culminó en su History of the United States of America de nueve tomos , la cual recibió elogios inmediatos.

En Monte Saint-Michel y Chartres , describió la concepción del mundo medieval manifiesta en su arquitectura. The Education of Henry Adams , es su obra más conocida y una de las autobiografías más sobresalientes de la literatura occidental, donde plasma sus conflictos con las incertidumbres del siglo XX.


„Un profesor trabaja para la eternidad: nadie puede decir dónde acaba su influencia.“

„Un amigo en la vida es mucho. Dos son demasiado. Tres son imposibles.“


„Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.“

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

„Chaos was the law of nature; Order was the dream of man.“ The Education of Henry Adams

„No man means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.“ The Education of Henry Adams

„Friends are born, not made.“ The Education of Henry Adams

„A parent gives life, but as parent, gives no more. A murderer takes life, but his deed stops there. A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.“ The Education of Henry Adams


„Unity is vision; it must have been part of the process of learning to see.“ The Education 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.“ The Education of Henry Adams

„The chief wonder of education is that it does not ruin everybody concerned in it, teachers and taught.“ The Education of Henry Adams

„A friend in power is a friend lost.“ The Education of Henry Adams


„The Indian Summer of life should be a little sunny and a little sad, like the season, and infinite in wealth and depth of tone, but never hustled.“

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

„He never labored so hard to learn a language as he did to hold his tongue, and it affected him for life. The habit of reticence — of talking without meaning — is never effaced.“ The Education of Henry Adams

„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 Education of Henry Adams

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