Abigail Adams

Abigail Adams
Abigail Adams
  • Born: November 22, 1744
  • Died: October 28, 1818
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: First Lady









Abigail Adams was the wife and closest advisor of John Adams, as well as the mother of John Quincy Adams. She is sometimes considered to have been a Founder of the United States, and is now designated as the first Second Lady and second First Lady of the United States, although these titles were not used at the time.

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… who are weekly sacrificed upon the gallows in sufficient numbers to astonish a civilized people Capital Punishment, Dealth Penalty & State Execution
Arbitrary power is like most other things which are very hard, very liable to be broken. Power
Great Britain is a tyrant state. They are not worthy to be our bretheren. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
He who is the most strenuous for the rights of the people, when vested with power is as eager after for the prerogatives of government. Freedom & Liberty
I am less worried serving 100 people here at Montpelier than I am serving 25 people in Washington. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I am more and more convinced that man is a dangerous creature, and that power whether vested in many or few is ever grasping, and like the grave, cries, 'Give, give.' Power ;Human Nature
I desire you would remember the ladies, and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors.... 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. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
I found him [Benjamin Franklin] social but not talkative, and when he spoke something useful dropped from his tongue. Miscellaneous
I have sometimes been ready to think that the passion for liberty cannot be equally strong in the breasts of those who have been accustomed to deprive their fellow creature of theirs. Freedom & Liberty ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
I most sincerely wish there was not a slave in the province. It has always seemed a most iniquitous scheme to me—to fight ourselves for what we are daily robbing and plundering from those who have as good a right to freedom as we have. Freedom & Liberty ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
I regret the trifling narrow contracted education of the females of my own country. Equality & Equal Opportunity
I seldom meet with characters so inoffensive as my hens and chickings, or minds so well improved as my garden. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I sent him a List of Female Grievances. I even threatened fomenting a Rebellion in case we were not considered, and assured him we would not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we had neither a voice, nor representation. Equality & Equal Opportunity ;Human & Civil Rights
If we do not lay out ourselves in the service of mankind should we serve? Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
If you are conscious to yourself that you possess more knowledge upon some subject than others of your standing, reflect that have had greater opportunity … Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Ignorant, restless desperadoes, without conscience or principles, have led a deluded multitude to follow their standard under pretense of grievances which have no existence but in their imaginations. Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
It is a very great misfortune that persons employed in the most important Departments should ... have separate interests from the publick whom they profess to serve. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed. Leaders & Leadership
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. Discrimination & Prejudice
May the foundation of our new constitution be justice, Truth and Righteousness. Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
Of this I am sure. Slavery is not founded on that generous and Christian principle of doing to others as we should have them do unto us. Freedom & Liberty ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
Power, whether vested in many or a few, is ever grasping, and like the grave, cries, "Give, give! Power
The liberal mind regards not what nation or climate it springs up in, nor what color or complexion the man is of. Equality & Equal Opportunity
We have too many high sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
Where he [her husband John Adams] is wounded, I bleed. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
A little of what you call frippery is very necessary towards looking like the rest of the world.
Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of husbands. Remember all men would be tyrants if they could. Power
Great necessities call out great virtues.
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. Life
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.
If we mean to have heroes, statesmen and philosophers, we should have learned women. Women
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.
Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and diligence. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
One who once took pleasure in subscribing herself your friend, Abigail Adams Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
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. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Wisdom and penetration are the fruit of experience, not the lessons of retirement and leisure. Great necessities call out great virtues.