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. - 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
A little of what you call frippery is very necessary towards looking like the rest of the world. - Abigail Adams
If we mean to have heroes, statesmen and philosophers, we should have learned women. - Abigail Adams
Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of husbands. Remember all men would be tyrants if they could. - 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
Learning is not attained by chance. It must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence. - Abigail Adams
We have too many high sounding words, and too few actions that correspond to them. - 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