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“The amusement of making Presidents has keen fascination for idle American hands, but these black-arts have the old drawback of all deviltry; – one must serve the spirit one evokes, even though the service were perdition to body and soul.” 8 more words

Things Read


“Boys never see a conclusion; only on the edge of the grave can man conclude anything; but the first impulse given to the boy is apt to lead or drive him for the rest of his life into conclusion after conclusion that he never dreamed of reaching.” 7 more words

Things Read

L.Q.C. Lamar and Henry Adams

It’s exhilarating to stumble upon unexpected relationships. Reading The Education of Henry Adams on New Year’s Day, I found a surprising Emory connection in this memoir by a consummate Boston Yankee. 430 more words

Emory People

Stevenson in the Pacific

This is the continuation of the long-delayed “In Hawaiʻi” series, which includes posts on Mark Twain, Herman Melville and John Coltrane. I called this one Stevenson in the Pacific because Sāmoa features so centrally in his story. 676 more words

Quote of the Day

Practical politics consists in ignoring facts.

—Henry Adams


Read this Now: The Education of Henry Adams

No one cared enough to criticise, except himself who soon began to suffer from reaching his own limits. He found that he could not be this–or that–or the other; always precisely the things he wanted to be.

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Life and Habit, 11/9/15

“Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.”                       ~ Henry Adams

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