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Abigail Adams

(1744-1818) American Letter Writer, First Lady (1797-1801)

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

Great necessities call out great virtues.

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 attended to with diligence.

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

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.

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.

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.

We have too many high sounding words, and too few actions that correspond to them.