Abigail Adams quotes share her desire to see women treated better and her view on politics and other affairs. She felt wrote many letters and found writing as a means to venting her frustrations. Abigail would advise her husband in many of his decisions as President. Women like Martha Washington, Rachel Jackson and many others played a massive role in the lives of their husbands and often experience the tragedies that came with such an office.
Abigail Adams was the wife of President John Adams and would be considered the 2nd First Lady of the United States though the term wasn’t used at that time. She is considered a Founding agent in the forming of America as a nation because of her influence on her husband. Below are a number of quotes from Abigail Adams.
“My bursting heart must find vent at my pen.”
“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.”
“...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.”
“Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.”
“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.”
“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.”
“I hate to complain...No one is without difficulties, whether in high or low life, and every person knows best where their own shoe pinches.”
“We have too many high sounding words and too few actions that correspond with them.”
“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.”
“The habits of a vigorous mind are born in contending with difficulties.”
“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.”
“Great difficulties may be surmounted by patience and perseverance.”
“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.”
“To be good, and do good, is the whole duty of man comprised in a few words.”
“When he is wounded, I bleed.”
“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.”
“Remember the Ladies.”
“Great necessities call out great virtues.”
“My Dear Son... remember that you are accountable to your Maker for all your words and actions.”
“Posterity who are to reap the blessings will scarcely be able to conceive the hardships and sufferings of their ancestors.”
“It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed.”
“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.”
“You cannot be, I know, nor do I wish to see you, an inactive spectator....We have too many high sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them.”
“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.”
“I desire you would remember the ladies, and be more generous and favourable 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… that your sex are naturally tyrannical is a truth so thoroughly established as to admit of no dispute, but such of you as wish to be happy willingly give up the harsh title of master for the more tender and endearing one of friend.”
“You tell me that you sometimes view the dark side of your Diana, and there no doubt you discover many Spots which I rather wish were erased, than conceal'd from you. Do not judge by this, that your opinion is an indifferent thing to me, (were it so, I should look forward with a heavey Heart,) but it is far otherways, for I had rather stand fair there, and be thought well of by Lysander than by the greater part of the World besides. I would fain hope that those faults which you discover, proceed more, from a wrong Head, than a bad Heart. E'er long May I be connected with a Friend from whose Example I may form a more faultless conduct, and whose benevolent mind will lead him to pardon, what he cannot amend.”
“But the heavy stroke which most of all distresses me is my dear Mother. I cannot overcome my too selfish sorrow, all her tenderness towards me, her care and anxiety for my welfare at all times, her watchfulness over my infant years, her advice and instruction in maturer age; all, all indear her memory to me, and highten my sorrow for her loss. At the same time I know a patient submission is my Duty. I will strive to obtain it! But the lenient hand of time alone can blunt the keen Edg of Sorrow. He who deignd to weep over a departed Friend, will surely forgive a sorrow which at all times desires to be bounded and restrained, by a firm Belief that a Being of infinite wisdom and unbounded Goodness, will carve out my portion in tender mercy towards me! Yea tho he slay me I will trust in him said holy Job. What tho his corrective Hand hath been streached against me; I will not murmer. Tho earthly comforts are taken away I will not repine, he who gave them has surely a right to limit their Duration, and has continued them to me much longer than deserved. I might have been striped of my children as many others have been. I might o! forbid it Heaven, I might have been left a solitary widow.”
“Still I have many blessing left, many comforts to be thankfull for, and rejoice in. I am not left to mourn as one without hope.
My dear parent knew in whom she had Believed...The violence of her disease soon weakned her so that she was unable to converse, but whenever she could speak, she testified her willingness to leave the world and an intire resignation to the Divine Will. She retaind her Senses to the last moment of her Existance, and departed the world with an easy tranquility, trusting in the merrits of a Redeemer.”
“The theater has been called the pulse of the people.”
Abigail Adams quotes share the story of life in the late 1700s and early 1800s as war and politics shaped the landscape. Her son would later go on to become a President of America in later years and she wrote to advise him as well. I hope many of her quotes will prove an inspiration to us all.