Abigail Adams on Patriotism

“Patriotism in the female sex is the most disinterested of all virtues. Excluded from honors and from offices, we cannot attach ourselves to the State or Government from having held a place of eminence…. Yet all history and every age patriotic virtue in the female sex; which considering our situation equals the most heroic of yours.”

Letter to John Adams, 17 June 1782

Excerpted from: Schapiro, Fred, ed. The Yale Book of Quotations. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006.

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