Great Expectations, Great Triumph, and Greater Rewards

Yesterday, I started reading the lengthy biography on John Adams by David McCullough. So far, it’s an intoxicating read.

I am only 33 pages in – the penmanship is remarkable and I can hear Paul Giamatti’s voice as I read through direct quotes of John Adams. It’s amazing to read through this history and know that my place in time right now is very much a consequence of this man and many others from his day. I am eager to work through this six hundred some page book to learn more about one of our nation’s Founding Fathers. I suppose, you can say it was the HBO miniseries that enticed me to read this book.

Anyhow, there is a central theme from the show that is also appearing early in the book.

You cannot be, I know, nor do I wish to see you, an
inactive spectator…
   We have too many high sounding
words, and too few actions that correspond with them.

-Abigail Adams

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