quotes tagged with 'abigailadams'
Author: Abigail Adams, Source: 1775
I am more and more convinced that man is a dangerous creature and that power, whether vested in many or in few, is ever grasping, and, like the grave, cries, “Give, give.”
Author: Abigail Adams, Source: Unknown
Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with order and attended to with diligence.
Author: Abigail Adams, Source: letter to John Quincy Adams, 1783
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.
These are times in which a genius would wish to live. It is not in the still calm of life 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 fruits of experience and not the lessons of retirement and leisure. 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 that statesman.Author: Abagail Adams, Source: Letter to her husband, John Quincy (during the trying infant years of our nation)