15 Remarkable Abigail Adams Quotes

15 Remarkable Abigail Adams Quotes

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Abigail Adams was the wife of John Adams, the second President of the United States. She remains one of the most well documented first ladies in history. She wrote many letters to her husband while he was away at the Continental Congresses. He frequently asked for and took her advice on important matters. She died October 28, 1818 at the age of 73.

“Arbitrary power is like most other things which are very hard, very liable to be broken.”

“Deliver me from your cold phlegmatic preachers, politicians, friends, lovers and husbands.”

“Do not grieve, my friend, my dearest friend. I am ready to go.”

“Great difficulties may be surmounted by patience and perseverance.”

“Great necessities call out great virtues.”

“How difficult the task to quench the fire and the pride of private ambition, and to sacrifice ourselves and all our hopes and expectations to the public weal! How few have souls capable of
so noble an undertaking!”

“I am more and more convinced that man is a dangerous creature and that power, whether vested in many or a few, is ever grasping, and like the grave, cries, ‘Give, give.’

“I long to hear that you have declared an independency.”

“I regret the narrow contracted education of the females of my own country.”

“If we do not lay out ourselves in the service of mankind whom should we serve?”

“If we mean to have heroes, statesmen and philosophers, we should have learned women.”

“Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.”

“Remember the Ladies, and be more generous and favourable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the Husbands. Remember all Men would be tyrants if
they could.”

“We have too many high-sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them.”

“Whilst you are proclaiming peace and good will to men, emancipating all nations, you insist upon retaining an absolute power over wives. But you must remember that arbitrary power is like
most other things which are very hard, very liable to be broken.”