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… is from chapter 10 of Henry Adams’s 1907 volume, The Education of Henry Adams [2], as quoted on page 233 of Joseph Epstein’s April 9th, 2014, American Spectator essay, “The Cracked Vessel [3],” as this essay is reprinted (and retitled as “George Kennan”) in the 2018 collection of some of Epstein’s essays titled The Ideal of Culture [4]:

The effect of power and publicity on all men is the aggravation of self, a sort of tumor that ends by killing the victim’s sympathies; a diseased appetite, like a passion for drink or perverted tastes; one can scarcely use expressions too strong to describe the violence of egotism it stimulates.