Quotation by Henry Brooks Adams

I am fairly tired—bored beyond endurance—by the world we live in, and its ideals, and am ready to say so, not violently, but kindly, as one rubs salt into the back of a flogged sailor as though one loved him.
Henry Brooks Adams (1838–1918), U.S. historian. Letter, January 9, 1892, to John Hay. Henry B. Adams and His Friends, p. 262, ed. Harold Dean Cater.
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