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Abigail Adams

Abigail Smith Adams (November 11, 1744 – October 28, 1818) was the wife of John Adams, the second President of the United States, and is seen as the second First Lady of the United States, though that word had not yet been created until after she died.

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  • "We have too many high-sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them."[1]    
Simple: We have many people who promise to do good things for us, but only a few people who will really do the things.
  • "Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of husbands. Remember all men would be tyrants if they could."[2]    
Simple: Do not allow husbands to have full power. Remember, all men would become the ruler over everything 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."[3]    
Simple: If women are not treated well, we will rebel against any law where we cannot show an opinion.
  • "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."[4]    
Simple: I think that a person's intelligence is shown by how many different arguments about the same idea he can think about at the same time
  • "Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and diligence."[5]
What it means: To learn, you will have to work hard. You can't learn through chance.


  1. Augustine's Laws By Norman R. Augustine
  2. Woman Suffrage and Politics, Google Books.
  3. Presidential Wives, Google Books.
  4. "Abigail Adams Quotes". USHistorySite.com. Retrieved on November 19, 2008
  5. "Her Inspiration". Google Books. Retrieved on November 19, 2008

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