These are the times in which a genius would wish to live. 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. Great necessities call out great virtues. When a mind is raised, and animated by scenes that engage the heart, then those qualiites which would otherwise lay dormant, wake into life and form the character of the hero and the statesman.--Abigail Adams
Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams, is well known as an avid letter writer. She wrote may letters to her husband while he stayed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania during the Continental Congresses. I find this quote challenging because I have done so much less with my own difficulties than she had. Her way with words is beautiful and admirable.