Charles Francis Adams, Sr.
American historical editor, politician and diplomat from Massachusetts (1807-1886)
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Charles Francis Adams (18 August 1807 – 21 November 1886) was an American lawyer, politician, diplomat and writer; the son of President John Quincy Adams and Louisa Catherine Johnson and the grandson of President John Adams and Abigail Adams.
- In this country … men seem to live for action as long as they can and sink into apathy when they retire.
- Diary entry (15 April 1836), as quoted in The Travellers' Dictionary of Quotation : Who Said What, About Where? (1983) by Peter Yapp, p. 862.
- It would be superfluous in me to point out to your Lordship that this is war.
- More than all, and above all, Washington was master of himself. If there be one quality more than another in his character which may exercise a useful control over the men of the present hour, it is the total disregard of self when in the most elevated positions for influence and example.