Quotes Related to Abigail Adams

“Remember the Ladies, and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors.”

~ Abigail Adams

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

~ Abigail Adams

“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

“It is really mortifying, sir, when a woman possessed of a common share of understanding considers the difference of education between the male and female sex, even in those families where education is attended to... Nay why should your sex wish for such a disparity in those whom they one day intend for companions and associates. Pardon me, sir, if I cannot help sometimes suspecting that this neglect arises in some measure from an ungenerous jealousy of rivals near the throne.”

~ Abigail Adams

“Great necessities call out great virtues.”

~ Abigail Adams

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

~ Abigail Adams

“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. The 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. You tell me of degrees of perfection to which Humane Nature is capable of arriving, and I believe it, but at the same time lament that our admiration should arise from the scarcity of the instances.”

~ Abigail Adams

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

~ Abigail Adams

“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.”

~ Abigail Adams

“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.”

~ Abigail Adams

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

~ Abigail Adams

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

~ Abigail Adams

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

~ Abigail Adams

“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.”

~ Abigail Adams

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  • Article Title Abigail Adams Quotes
  • Coverage November 22, 1744–October 28, 1818
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  • Website Name American History Central
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  • Access Date February 27, 2017
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications
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  • Date of Last Update September 20, 2016