Abigail Adams Quotes

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Abigail Adams Quotes

My bursting heart must find vent at my pen.
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Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.

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These are the 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. The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties. Great necessities call out great virtues. When a mind is raised, and animated by scenes that engage the heart, then those qualities which would otherwise lay dormant, wake into life and form the character of the hero and the statesman.

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

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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.

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To be good, and do good, is the whole duty of man comprised in a few words.

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But let no person say what they would or would not do, since we are not judges for ourselves until circumstances call us to act.

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A little of what you call frippery is very necessary towards looking like the rest of the world.

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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.'

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If we do not lay out ourselves in the service of mankind whom should we serve?

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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.

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From her character in the HBO miniseries: The art of politics is the art of applying the seat of the britches to the seat of the chair.

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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.

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These are the times when a genius wants to live.

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Great learning and superior abilities ... will be of little value and small estimation unless virtue, honor, truth, and integrity are added to them.

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History is not a web woven with innocent hands. Among all the causes which degrade and demoralize men, power is the most constant and most active.

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The heart is long, very long in receiving the convictions that is forced upon it by reason ... affection still lingers in the Bosom, even after esteem has taken its flight.

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