Warring States Project
William M Bulger
University of Massachusetts
"These are the times in which a genius would wish to live. It is not in a still calm of life or the repose of a specific station that great characters are formed. The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties. Great necessities call out our great virtues. When a mind is raised and animated by scenes that engage the heart, those qualities which would otherwise lie dormant wake into life and form the character of the hero and the statesman."
- Abigail Adams to her son, John Quincey Adams, on his departure for France. Quoted by President Bulger as the whole of his Commencement Address, 26 May 2002