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

— Abigail Adams

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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.

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

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My Dear Son... remember that you are accountable to your Maker for all your words and actions.

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Its never to late to get back on your feet though we wont live forever make sure you accomplish what you were put here for

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A people fired ... with love of their country and of liberty, a zeal for the public good, and a noble emulation of glory, will not be disheartened or dispirited by a succession of unfortunate events. But like them, may we learn by defeat the power of becoming invincible.

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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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Great difficulties may be surmounted by patience and perseverance.

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I acknowledge myself a unitarian - Believing that the Father alone, is the supreme God, and that Jesus Christ derived his Being, and all his powers and honors from the Father. ... There is not any reasoning which can convince me, contrary to my senses, that three is one, and one three.

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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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If we expect to inherit the blessings of our Fathers, we should return a little more to their primitive Simplicity of Manners.

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What is it that affectionate parents require of their Children;

for all their care, anxiety, and toil on their accounts? Only that they would be wise and virtuous, Benevolent and kind.

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About Abigail Adams

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Nationality American
Profession First Lady
Birthday October 16

A patriot without religion in my estimation is as great a paradox as an honest Man without the fear of God. Is it possible that he whom no moral obligations bind, can have any real Good Will towards Men?

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It is to me a most affecting thing to hear myself prayed for, in particular as I do every day in the week, and disposes me to bear with more composure, some disagreeable circumstances that attend my situation.

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posterity who are to reap the blessings will scarcely be able to conceive the hardships and sufferings of their ancestors.

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Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of husbands.

Remember all men would be tyrants if they could.

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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 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.

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The Character which a youth acquires in the early part of his Life is of great importance towards his future prosperity-one false step may prove irretrievable to his future usefulness.

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My bursting heart must find vent at my pen.

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Heaven grant me that I may thus rejoice in my children, thus see them ornaments to their Country, and blessings to their parents.

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The habits of a vigorous mind are born in contending with difficulties.

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Let your observations and comparisons produce in your mind an abhorrence of domination and power, the parent of slavery, ignorance, and barbarism, which places man upon a level with his fellow tenants of the woods.

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May your mind be thoroughly impressed with the absolute necessity of universal virtue and goodness, as the only sure road to happiness, and may you walk therein with undeviating steps.

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

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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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I feel anxious for the fate of our monarchy, or democracy, or whatever is to take place. I soon get lost in a labyrinth of perplexities; but, whatever occurs, may justice and righteousness be the stability of our times, and order arise out of confusion. Great difficulties may be surmounted by patience and perseverance.

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Dark and sour humours, especially those which have a spice of malevolence in them, are vastly disagreeable. Such men have no music in their souls.

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How difficult the task to quench the fire and the pride of private ambition, and to sacrifice ourselves and all our hopes and expectations to the public weal! How few have souls capable of so noble an undertaking!

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The house shakes...with the roar of the cannon. No sleep for me tonight.

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I acknowledge myself a unitarian

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Every object is beautiful in motion; a ship under sail, trees gently agitated with the wind, and a fine woman dancing, are three instances in point

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

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O, I have read his Heart in his wicked eyes many a time. The very devil is in them.

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What is the history of mighty kingdoms and nations, but a detail of the ravages and cruelties of the powerful over the weak?

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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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...remember the ladies, and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the Husbands. Remember all Men would be tyrants if they could. 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.

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Many of our disappointments and much of our unhappiness arise from our forming false notions of things and persons.

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I am more and more convinced that man is a dangerous creature.

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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. All history will convince you of this, and that wisdom and penetration are the fruit of experience, not the lessons of retirement and leisure. Great necessities call out great virtues.

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When he is wounded, I bleed. {page 262 of John Adams}

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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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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.

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When men know not what to do, they ought not to do they know not what

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

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Deliver me from your cold phlegmatic preachers, politicians, friends, lovers and husbands.

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I can hear of the brilliant accomplishments of any of my sex with pleasure and rejoice in that liberality of sentiment which acknowledges them.

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If we mean to have Heroes, Statesmen and Philosophers, we should have learned women. The world perhaps would laugh at me, and accuse me of vanity, but you I know have a mind too enlarged and liberal to disregard the Sentiment. If much depends as is allowed upon the early Education of youth and the first principals which are instill'd take the deepest root, great benefit must arise from literary accomplishments in women.

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