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Martha Washington

  • I am still determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions, and not on our circumstances. We carry the seeds of the one or the other about with us in our minds wherever we go.

    • Martha Washington,
    • 1789, in Samuel Griswold Goodrich, Lives of Celebrated Women ()
  • I cannot tell you ... how much I enjoy home after having been deprived of one for so long, for our dwelling in New York and Philadelphia was not home, only a sojourning. The General and I feel like children just released from school or from a hard taskmaster, and we believe nothing can tempt us to leave the sacred roof tree again, except on private business or pleasure. We are so penurious with our enjoyment that we are loath to share it with anyone but dear friends, yet almost every day some stranger claims a portion of it, and we cannot refuse. I am again settled down to the pleasant duties of an old-fashioned Virginia housekeeper, steady as a clock, busy as a bee, and cheerful as a cricket.

    • Martha Washington,
    • letter to a friend (1797), in Benson John Lossing, Mary and Martha: The Mother and the Wife of George Washington ()

Martha Washington, U.S. first lady

(1731 - 1802)

Full name: Martha Dandridge Custis Washington.