Quotation by Henry Brooks Adams

Power is poison. Its effect on Presidents had always been tragic.
Henry Brooks Adams (1838–1918), U.S. historian. The Education of Henry Adams, ch. 28 (1907).

Adams explained, "No mind is so well balanced as to bear the strain of seizing unlimited force without habit or knowledge of it; and finding it disputed with him by hungry packs of wolves and hounds whose lives depend on snatching the carrion."
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