Abigail Adams Quotes | Quotes by Abigail Adams

1No one is without their difficulties, whether in High, or low Life, & every person knows best where their own shoe pinches.

2I hope some future day will bring me the happiness of seeing my family again collected under our own roof, happy in ourselves and blessed in each other.

3Dark and sour humours, especially those which have a spice of malevolence in them, are vastly disagreeable. Such men have no music in their souls.

4Well, knowledge is a fine thing, and mother Eve thought so; but she smarted so severely for hers, that most of her daughters have been afraid of it since.

5But let no person say what they would or would not do, since we are not judges for ourselves until circumstances call us to act.

6The house shakes...with the roar of the cannon. No sleep for me tonight.

7Its never to late to get back on your feet though we wont live forever make sure you accomplish what you were put here for

8We have too many high-sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them.

9What is the history of mighty kingdoms and nations, but a detail of the ravages and cruelties of the powerful over the weak?

10What is it that affectionate parents require of their Children; for all their care, anxiety, and toil on their accounts? Only that they would be wise and virtuous, Benevolent and kind.

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11Deliver me from your cold phlegmatic preachers, politicians, friends, lovers and husbands.

12I acknowledge myself a unitarian - Believing that the Father alone, is the supreme God, and that Jesus Christ derived his Being, and all his powers and honors from the Father. ... There is not any reasoning which can convince me, contrary to my senses, that three is one, and one three.

13My Dear Son... remember that you are accountable to your Maker for all your words and actions.

14I 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.

15The heart is long, very long in receiving the convictions that is forced upon it by reason... affection still lingers in the Bosom, even after esteem has taken its flight.

16If we mean to have heroes, statesmen and philosophers, we should have learned women.

17If we mean to have Heroes, Statesmen and Philosophers, we should have learned women. The world perhaps would laugh at me, and accuse me of vanity, but you I know have a mind too enlarged and liberal to disregard the Sentiment. If much depends as is allowed upon the early Education of youth and the first principals which are instill'd take the deepest root, great benefit must arise from literary accomplishments in women.

18A people fired ... with love of their country and of liberty, a zeal for the public good, and a noble emulation of glory, will not be disheartened or dispirited by a succession of unfortunate events. But like them, may we learn by defeat the power of becoming invincible.

19Great learning and superior abilities...will be of little value and small estimation unless virtue, honor, truth, and integrity are added to them.

20A patriot without religion in my estimation is as great a paradox as an honest Man without the fear of God. Is it possible that he whom no moral obligations bind, can have any real Good Will towards Men?

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21I am more and more convinced that man is a dangerous creature.

22The great fish swallow up the small; and he who is most strenuous for the rights of the people, when vested with power, is as eager after the prerogatives of government.

23posterity who are to reap the blessings will scarcely be able to conceive the hardships and sufferings of their ancestors.

24The Character which a youth acquires in the early part of his Life is of great importance towards his future prosperity-one false step may prove irretrievable to his future usefulness.

25I acknowledge myself a unitarian

26O, I have read his Heart in his wicked eyes many a time. The very devil is in them.

27Wisdom and penetration are the fruit of experience, not the lessons of retirement and leisure. Great necessities call out great virtues.

28Arbitrary power is like most other things which are very hard, very liable to be broken.

29When men know not what to do, they ought not to do they know not what

30I desire you would 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... That your Sex are Naturally Tyrannical is a Truth so thoroughly established as to admit of no dispute, but such of you as wish to be happy willingly give up the harsh title of Master for the more tender and endearing one of Friend.

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31Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of husbands. Remember all men would be tyrants if they could.

32Great difficulties may be surmounted by patience and perseverance.

33Men of sense in all ages abhor those customs which treat us only as the vassals of your sex.

34The reins of government have been so long slackened, that I fear the people will not quietly submit to those restraints which are necessary for the peace and security of the community.

35To be good, and do good, is the whole duty of man comprised in a few words.

36How 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!

37It is to me a most affecting thing to hear myself prayed for, in particular as I do every day in the week, and disposes me to bear with more composure, some disagreeable circumstances that attend my situation.

38May your mind be thoroughly impressed with the absolute necessity of universal virtue and goodness, as the only sure road to happiness, and may you walk therein with undeviating steps.

39A little of what you call frippery is very necessary towards looking like the rest of the world.

40When he is wounded, I bleed. {page 262 of John Adams}

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41Every object is beautiful in motion; a ship under sail, trees gently agitated with the wind, and a fine woman dancing, are three instances in point

42What is meat for one is not for another--no accounting for fancy.

43I've always felt that a person's intelligence is directly reflected by the number of conflicting points of view he can entertain simultaneously on the same topic.

44If 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.

45My bursting heart must find vent at my pen.

46Heaven grant me that I may thus rejoice in my children, thus see them ornaments to their Country, and blessings to their parents.

47The only chance for much intellectual improvement in the female sex, was to be found in the families of the educated class and in occasional intercourse with the learned.

48Let your observations and comparisons produce in your mind an abhorrence of domination and power, the parent of slavery, ignorance, and barbarism, which places man upon a level with his fellow tenants of the woods.

49Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and diligence.

50These 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 characters are 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.

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51These are 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 characters are formed.

52I can hear of the brilliant accomplishments of any of my sex with pleasure and rejoice in that liberality of sentiment which acknowledges them.

53I 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.'

54Great necessities call out great virtues.

55The habits of a vigorous mind are born in contending with difficulties.

56If we expect to inherit the blessings of our Fathers, we should return a little more to their primitive Simplicity of Manners.

57You cannot know, should I discribe to you; the feelings of a parent . . . . Four years have already past away since you left your native land, and this rural Cottage-Humble indeed, when compared to the Palaces you have visited, and the pomp you have been witness to. But I dare say you have not been so inattentive an observer, as to suppose that Sweet peace, and contentment, cannot inhabit the lowly roof, and bless the tranquil inhabitants, equally guarded and protected, in person and property, in this happy Country, as those who reside in the most elegant and costly dwellings.

58Many of our disappointments and much of our unhappiness arise from our forming false notions of things and persons.

59These are the times when a genius wants to live.

60A people may let a king fall, yet still remain a people, but if a king let his people slip from him, he is no longer a king.