Abigail Adams

1744 - 1818

A Quote by Abigail Adams

“These are the times in which a genius would wish to live.
It is not in the still calm of life,
or the repose of a pacific station that great character is formed.
The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties.

Great necessities call out great virtues.
When a mind is raised and animated by scenes that engage the heart,
then those qualities which would otherwise lay dormant
wake into life and form the character of the hero and the statesman.”

Abigail Adams (1744 - 1818)

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A Quote by Abigail Smith Adams on learning and diligence

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

Abigail Adams (1744 - 1818)

Source: 1780

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A Quote by Abigail Smith Adams on determination, laws, and rebellion

If particular care and attention is not paid to the Ladies we are determined to foment a Rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no voice, or Representation.

Abigail Adams (1744 - 1818)

Source: letter to John Adams, March 31, 1776.—Adams Family Correspondence, ed. L. H. Butterfield, vol. 1, p. 370 (1963)

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A Quote by Abigail Smith Adams on generosity, good, men, nations, peace, power, and wives

I can not say that I think you very generous to the Ladies, for whilst you are proclaiming peace and good will to Men, Emancipating all Nations, you insist upon retaining an absolute power over Wives.

Abigail Adams (1744 - 1818)

Source: Letter to John Adams, 1776.

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A Quote by Abigail Smith Adams on challenge, genius, life, and wishes

These are times in which a genius would wish to live. It is not in the still calm of life, or in the repose of a pacific station, that great challenges are formed. . . . Great necessities call out great virtues.

Abigail Adams (1744 - 1818)

Source: Letter to John Quincy Adams, January 19, 1780

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A Quote by Abigail Smith Adams on mankind and service

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

Abigail Adams (1744 - 1818)

Source: Letter to John Thaxter, Sept. 29, 1778

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A Quote by Abigail Smith Adams on ancestry, desires, determination, generosity, laws, and rebellion

I long to hear that you have declared an independency. And in the new code of laws, which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make, I desire you would remember the ladies, and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. . . . If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.

Abigail Adams (1744 - 1818)

Source: Letter to John Adams, 1774.

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A Quote by Abigail Smith Adams on friendship, husbands, lovers, politicians, and preachers

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

Abigail Adams (1744 - 1818)

Source: Letter to John Adams, March 31, 1776

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A Quote by Abigail Smith Adams on action and words

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

Abigail Adams (1744 - 1818)

Source: letter to John Adams, 1774

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A Quote by Abigail Smith Adams on chance, diligence, and learning

Learning is not attained by chance. It must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.

Abigail Adams (1744 - 1818)

Source: Letter to John Quincy Adams, May 8, 1780

Contributed by: Zaady

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