Charles Francis Adams, Sr.

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In this country ... men seem to live for action as long as they can and sink into apathy when they retire.

Charles Francis Adams (18 August 180721 November 1886) was an American lawyer, politician, diplomat and writer; the son of President John Quincy Adams and Louisa Catherine Johnson and the grandson of President John Adams and Abigail Adams.

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  • In this country ... men seem to live for action as long as they can and sink into apathy when they retire.
    • Diary entry (15 April 1836), as quoted in The Travellers' Dictionary of Quotation : Who Said What, About Where? (1983) by Peter Yapp, p. 862.
  • It would be superfluous in me to point out to your Lordship that this is war.

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