History is not a web woven with innocent hands. Among all the causes which degrade and demoralize men, power is the most constant and most active.
Abigail Adams (1744 - 1818)
Contributed by: Zaady
I begin to think, that a calm is not desirable in any situation in life. . . . Man was made for action and for bustle too, I believe.
Source: letter to her sister, Mary Smith Cranch, 1784
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!"
Source: Letter to John Adams, November 27, 1775.
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