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:)