Henry Adams quote about inequity from The Education of Henry Adams - Double standards are inspiration to men of letters, but they are apt to be fatal to politicians.
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Double standards are inspiration to men of letters, but they are apt to be fatal to politicians.
 Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams (1906). copy citation

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“He loved the atrocities of English art and society, as he loved Charles Dickens and Miss Austen, not because of their example, but because of their humor. He made no scruple of defying sequence and denying consistency—but he was not a Senator.
Double standards are inspiration to men of letters, but they are apt to be fatal to politicians. Adams had no reason to care whether his standards were popular or not, and no one else cared more than he; but Roosevelt and Lodge were playing a game in which they were always liable to find the shifty sands of American opinion yield suddenly under their feet.” source

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