James Truslow Adams

James Truslow
Adams
1878
1949

American Author, Critic, Investment Banker, Captain in the Military Intelligence Division of the General Staff of the U.S. Army

Author Quotes

The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement. It is a difficult dream for the European upper classes to interpret adequately, and too many of us ourselves have grown weary and mistrustful of it. It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.

The great value of life is to spend it on something that will outlast it

There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, that it ill behaves any of us to find fault with the rest of us.

The greatest discovery of my generation is that man can alter his life simply by altering his attitude of mind.

Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, 'This is the real me,' and when you have found that attitude, follow it.

Be not afraid of life. Believe that life IS worth living and your belief will help create the fact.

Age acquires no value save through thought and discipline.

Lincoln was not great because he was born in a log cabin, but because he got out of it.

Life is activity, hence, the deep-seated objections to negations.

There are obviously two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live.

Author Picture
First Name
James Truslow
Last Name
Adams
Birth Date
1878
Death Date
1949
Bio

American Author, Critic, Investment Banker, Captain in the Military Intelligence Division of the General Staff of the U.S. Army