These are times in which a genius would wish to live. It is not in the still calm of life, or in the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed.... Great necessities call out great virtues.

Abigail Adams

Letter to John Adams, 1780

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Original Citation

Adams, Abigail. "Letter to John Quincy Adams." 19 Jan. 1780.

Current Citation

Adams, Abigail. Letters of Mrs. Adams. Wilkins, Carter, and Company, 1848.