Abigail Adams (1744-1818) was the wife of John Adams and the second First Lady of The United States. She was also the mother of the sixth president John Quincy Adams. However, she is remembered for her keen intellect and knowledge on a wide variety of subjects, as evidenced by the numerous letters between John Adams and her during this time in the Continental Congress in Philadelphia.
She was an outspoken advocate for the place of women in society and could hold her own with a husband known as one of the great minds and debaters of colonial America. The inspiring quotes that follow display a woman who really “got it” and was not afraid to share that wisdom.
- Great necessities call out great virtues.
- It’s never too late to get back on your feet though we wont live forever make sure you accomplish what you were put here for.
- 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 diligence.
- If we do not lay out ourselves in the service of mankind whom should we serve?
- We have too many high-sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them.
- I’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.
- Arbitrary power is like most other things which are very hard, very liable to be broken.
- Although it is vastly disagreeable to be accused of faults, yet no person ought to be offended when such accusations are delivered in the spirit of friendship.
- Danger, you know, sometimes makes timid men bold.
- The habits of a vigorous mind are born in contending with difficulties.
- Great difficulties may be surmounted by patience and perseverance.
- To be good, and do good, is the whole duty of man comprised in a few words.
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