Quotation by Henry Brooks Adams

It was the feeling of a passenger on an ocean steamer whose mind will not give him rest until he has been in the engine-room and talked with the engineer. She wanted to see with her own eyes the action of primary forces; to touch with her own eyes the action of primary forces; to touch with her own hand the massive machinery of society; to measure with her own mind the capacity of the motive power. She was bent upon getting to the heart of the great American mystery of democracy and government.
Henry Brooks Adams (1838–1918), U.S. historian. Madeleine Lee in Democracy, p. 7, Library of America (1983).
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