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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

New Gorgeous Quote

I found a new quote . . .

If quotes can be gorgeous, this one surely is.

Our book group recently reviewed the book "Abigail & John: Portrait of a Marriage". Sadly, I did not get the book read, but I was certainly impacted and touched by a quote from the book and the life of Abigail Adams.

Just a little background would make this quote more meaningful - Abigail Adams was wife of John Adams, second president of the United States and the mother of John Quincy Adams, sixth president of the United States. A very peculiar situation, shared only by Barbara Bush, being the wife of one president and mother of another. By today's standard, she certainly led a challenging life, one full of difficulty and sacrifice. Her husband was away most of the time, leaving her to run their farm, take care of finances, and raise their children singlehandedly during the revolutionary war time period and it's particularly primitive, dangerous and trying challenges.

I love this quote she directed toward her young son, who later became the sixth president, encouraging him to be engaged in the times and make the best of them.

"These are the times in which a genius would wish to live. It is not in the still calm of life that great characters are formed. The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties. Great necessities call out great virtues."

Love it! Now going on the blog sidebar quote section . . .

And you saw it here first:)


9 comments:

Nancy@ifevolutionworks.com said...

I especially love this portion of the quote:

Great necessities call out great virtues.

So true and so inspiring!

mamasuisse said...

I love this quote too. And what perfect timing . . . to remind us to be THANKFUL for our lives and everything in them, including the difficulties.

Joy For Your Journey said...

That is a great quote and appropriate for our day as well. Thanks for sharing it--and I will remember I saw it on your blog first! :-)

blueviolet said...

That really is such a great quote!

Shewinn8 said...

Great quote! They are actually my relatives lol. I am a direct descendant of John and Abigail Adams. My favorite musical soundtrack is 1776. I love the song which was written about John and Abigail's letters to each other.

JD and Charise Reimschiissel said...

Hi Kristin!
Sorry it has taken me so long to get back with you. I don't have internet at home so I'm not on much. Sorry we missed you the other day! I was hoping to visit for awhile. We left for home right after we dropped off the gift. I am sorry I can't make it to the shower tomorrow. Tell Sara I am sorry. I hope it all goes well. I will try and call or stop by next time we are up. We are planning on blessing Jax the first week in December up in my parents' ward, so maybe we'll see you soon.

Loralee and the gang... said...

Thanks for that. I have been feeling discouraged by hard times, both what I see happenening to our wonderful country, and trials here at home. I just have to remember that my character and the characters of my whole family are being affected and formed, and it is up to me to be an example of pulling through...
:~D

Joy For Your Journey said...

I just read your comment on my blog. Just think!! If I had been reading your blog a year ago I wouldn't have had to wait an entire year for the recipe! My family is very much into the marshmallow version so we will be making that, but I have a party at my house a few days after Thanksgiving and I am going to make this recipe for that.

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