Abigail Adams 1744-1818
"It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed...The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties. All history will convince you of this, and that wisdom and penetration are the fruit of experience, not the lessons of retirement and leisure. Great necessities call out great virtues."
-Abigail Adams, letter to her son, John Quincy Adams, 1780.
I am so heartened by the landslide victory of President-elect Barack Obama last night. And that he quoted Lincoln seemed particularly wise.