Quotes by Abigail Adams

Abigail Adams

Wife of John Adams

Alive from: 1744-1818

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    The 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.
    Source: Letter to John Adams (27 November 1775)
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    These 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.... Great necessities call out great virtues.
    Source: Letter to John Quincy Adams, 19 January 1780
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    We have too many high-sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them.
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    Well, 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.
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    Wisdom and penetration are the fruit of experience, not the lessons of retirement and leisure. Great necessities call out great virtues.
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