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Abigail Adams
First Lady of the United States
In role
March 4, 1797 â€“ March 4, 1801
President John Adams
Preceded by Martha Washington
Succeeded by Martha Randolph (Acting)
Second Lady of the United States
In role
May 16, 1789 â€“ March 4, 1797
President George Washington
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Ann Gerry (1813)
Personal details
Born (1744-11-22)November 22, 1744
Weymouth, Massachusetts Bay, British America
Died October 28, 1818(1818-10-28) (aged 73)
Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.
Cause of death Typhoid fever
Spouse(s) John Adams (1764–1818)
Children Nabby
John Quincy
Elizabeth (Stillborn)
Religion Unitarianism

Wisdom and penetration are the fruit of experience, not the lessons of retirement and leisure. Great necessities call out great virtues.
Abigail Adams
Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of husbands. Remember all men would be tyrants if they could.
Abigail Adams
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.
Abigail Adams
If we mean to have heroes, statesmen and philosophers, we should have learned women.
Abigail Adams
Great necessities call out great virtues.
A little of what you call frippery is very necessary towards looking like the rest of the world.
Abigail Adams
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.'
Abigail Adams
If we do not lay out ourselves in the service of mankind whom should we serve?
Abigail Adams
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.
Abigail Adams
Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and diligence.
Abigail Adams
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.
Abigail Adams
We have too many high-sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them.
Abigail Adams
Arbitrary power is like most other things which are very hard, very liable to be broken.
Abigail Adams
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.
Abigail Adams