Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Abigail Adams

Prolific Letter Writer

"Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence."

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

"It is not in the still calm of life, or in the repose of a pacific station that great characters are formed… Great necessities call out great virtues."

"The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties. Great necessities call out great virtues."