brown eyes quotes: Expectations vs. Reality

This quote from A Little Bit of Advice by John Adams is one of my favorite quotes.

When I was a kid, I would read some of Adams’ writings. He could be almost as great a writer as I ever could be.

Adams was a Harvard-educated lawyer who became a prominent politician in the 1800s. He wrote a lot, but the quote is one of his more popular works. Because I think I read it more than once in my youth, I’m pretty sure it’s a pretty accurate description of the character his work describes.

The quote is attributed to Adams because of a dispute regarding the interpretation of a passage in one of the first writings he produced. In that one, he claimed that he was quoting from the writings of his friend and advisor, Alexander Hamilton, which were written in 1790, not 1787 as was generally thought. The disagreement that eventually led to the quote happening came from a disagreement over Adams’ interpretation of a passage in Hamilton’s writings.

The quote is attributed to Adams because of a dispute regarding the interpretation of a passage in one of the first writings he produced. In that one, he claimed that he was quoting from the writings of his friend and advisor, Alexander Hamilton, which were written in 1790, not 1787 as was generally thought. The disagreement that eventually led to the quote happening came from a disagreement over Adams interpretation of a passage in Hamiltons writings.

I believe there is a lot of confusion about which Hamilton quote is attributed to Alexander Adams, and I think this is a good example of how a quote can be attributed to someone else that was attributed to a different person. This particular quote is attributed to Hamilton because he had a disagreement about the interpretation of a passage in one of the first writings he produced, and that disagreement led to a disagreement in the interpretation of another passage in Hamilton’s writings.

The quote is attributed to Adams because he believed the passage in the first book of the Hamiltons was inaccurate, and because he was unaware of anyone else’s writings. The quote is attributed to Hamilton because Hamilton believed that the Hamiltons were not written according to the first edition of the Hamiltons; the second edition of the Hamiltons is attributed to Hamilton because the second edition was not written according to the first edition.

Now you’re making me nervous.

These are all great examples of how the quote has been attributed to Hamilton, but I’m not entirely sure that that’s the case. I have absolutely no idea what Adams thought of the first two books, I’ve read the first two and I have zero idea what his thoughts were on the third.

I think it’s pretty clear that Adams had a strong opinion of Hamilton’s books, but I don’t think Adams thought the way he did in the third book. It seems to be a lot less about Hamilton’s ideas than it is about the plot of the book and how Adams would have reacted to it.

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