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Abigail Adams
1744 - 1818

American First Lady, wife of one President (John Adams) and mother of another (John Quincy Adams), prolific writer, abolitionist, early femnist

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Familiar Letters of John Adams & His Wife Abigail Adams, During the Revolution (1977)
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These are the times in which a genius would wish to live. It is not the still calm of life, or in the repose of a pacific station, that great challenges are formed . . . great necessities call out great virtues.

Jan. 19, 1780 - from a letter to John Quincy Adams
Wisdom and penetration are the fruit of experience, not the lessons of retirement and leisure. Great necessities call out great virtues.

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

from a letter to John Adams