Two of my most favorite figures in American history are John & Abigail Adams, parents of the American Revolution. If you have a chance, read two great works on this fascinating, courageous couple: Irving Stone’s Those Who Love (Abigail Adams)and David McCullough’s John Adams.

In the musical 1776, I was introduced to one of the most amazing quotes, written in a letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 1775:

“There are only two creatures of any value on this earth. Those with commitment, and those who require commitment from others.”