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349 Quotes About George Washington

Wikipedia Summary for George Washington

George Washington (February 22, 1732 – December 14, 1799) was an American political leader, military general, statesman, and Founding Father who served as the first president of the United States from 1789 to 1797. Previously, he led Patriot forces to victory in the nation's War for Independence. He presided at the Constitutional Convention of 1787, which established the U.S. Constitution and a federal government. Washington has been called the "Father of His Country" for his manifold leadership in the formative days of the new nation.

Washington's first public office was serving as official Surveyor of Culpeper County, Virginia, from 1749 to 1750. Subsequently, he received his initial military training and a command with the Virginia Regiment during the French and Indian War. He was later elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses and was named a delegate to the Continental Congress, where he was appointed Commanding General of the Continental Army. He commanded American forces, allied with France, in the defeat and surrender of the British during the Siege of Yorktown. He resigned his commission after the Treaty of Paris in 1783.

Washington played a key role in adopting and ratifying the Constitution and was then twice elected president by the Electoral College. He implemented a strong, well-financed national government while remaining impartial in a fierce rivalry between cabinet members Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton. During the French Revolution, he proclaimed a policy of neutrality while sanctioning the Jay Treaty. He set enduring precedents for the office of president, including the title "Mr. President", and his Farewell Address is widely regarded as a pre-eminent statement on republicanism.

Washington owned slaves, and, to preserve national unity, he supported measures passed by Congress to protect slavery. He later became troubled with the institution of slavery and freed his slaves in a 1799 will. He endeavored to assimilate Native Americans into the Anglo-American culture but combated indigenous resistance during instances of violent conflict. He was a member of the Anglican Church and the Freemasons, and he urged broad religious freedom in his roles as general and president. Upon his death, he was eulogized as "first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen". He has been memorialized by monuments, art, geographical locations, including the national capital, stamps, and currency, and many scholars and polls rank him among the greatest U.S. presidents. On March 13, 1978, Washington was promoted to General of the Armies.

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Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.

--George Washington

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Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.

--George Washington

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Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation.

--George Washington

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Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.


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Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.

--George Washington

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I am persuaded, you will permit me to observe, that the path of true piety is so plain as to require but little political direction.

--George Washington

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Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair; the rest is in the hands of God.

--George Washington

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Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.

--George Washington

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I go to the chair of government with feelings not unlike those of a culprit who is going to the place of his execution.

--George Washington

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Among the many interesting objects which will engage your attention that of providing for the common defense will merit particular regard. To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.

--George Washington

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If you need to start by focusing on how your attitude appears, then appear relaxed and carefree, as if you have time to stop and listen to others.

--George Washington




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A good moral character is the first essential. It is highly important not only to be learned but to be virtuous.

--George Washington


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Can it be that Providence has not connected the permanent felicity of a nation with its virtue?

--George Washington

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The whole duty of man is summed up in obedience to God's will.

--George Washington


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We must take care always to keep ourselves, by suitable establishments, in a respectable defensive posture.

--George Washington

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Even respectable characters speak of a monarchical form of government without horror.

--George Washington


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We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience.

--George Washington

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The liberty enjoyed by the people of these states of worshiping Almighty God agreebly to their conscience, is not only among the choicest of their blessings, but also of their rights.

--George Washington


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I never have to grope for methods. The method is revealed at the moment I am inspired to create something new. Without God to draw aside the curtain I would be helpless.

--George Washington



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Gentlemen, you will permit me to put on my spectacles, for, I have grown not only gray, but almost blind in the service of my country. -- March 15, 1783.

--George Washington

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I beg you be persuaded that no one would be more zealous than myself to establish effectual barriers against the horrors of spiritual tyranny, and every species of religious persecution.

--George Washington

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When we assumed the soldier, we did not lay aside the citizen.

--George Washington

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There is an indissoluble union between a magnanimous policy and the solid rewards of public prosperity and felicity.

--George Washington

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To stand well in the estimation of one's country is a happiness that no rational creature can be insensible of.

--George Washington

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It is an old adage that honesty is the best policy-this applies to public as well as private life-to States as well as individuals.

--George Washington



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All see, and most admire, the glare which hovers round the external happiness of elevated office.

--George Washington

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I am not only retired from all public employments, but I am retiring within myself, and shall be able to view the solitary walk and tread the paths of private life with heartfelt satisfaction.

--George Washington

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To enlarge the sphere of social happiness is worthy of the benevolent design of a Masonic institution; and it is most fervently to be wished, that the conduct of every member of the fraternity, as well as those publications, that discover the principles which actuate them, may tend to convince mankind that the grand object of Masonry is to promote the happiness of the human race.

Letter to the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, January 1793.


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Even the country's first president chafed at the limits placed on him by the writers of the U.S. Constitution. From the nature of the Constitution, ... I must approve all the parts of a bill, or reject it in toto.

--George Washington

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To form a new Government, requires infinite care, and unbounded attention; for if the foundation is badly laid the superstructure must be bad.

--George Washington

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A pack of jackasses led by a lion is superior to a pack of lions led by a jackass.

--George Washington


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There is nothing which can better deserve your patronage, than the promotion of science and literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness.

--George Washington

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In the composition of the human frame there is a good deal of inflammable matter, however dormant it may lie for a time.

--George Washington



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A people contending for life and liberty are seldom disposed to look with a favorable eye upon either men or measures whose passions, interests or consequences will clash with those inestimable objects.

--George Washington

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I had always hoped that this land might become a safe and agreeable asylum to the virtuous and persecuted part of mankind, to whatever nation they might belong.

--George Washington

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Patience is a noble virtue, and, when rightly exercised, does not fail of its reward.

--George Washington




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The U.S. is a Government which to bigotry gives no sanction, to persecution no assistance.

--George Washington

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Freedom and Property Rights are inseparable. You can't have one without the other.

--George Washington


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Let us therefore animate and encourage each other, and show the whole world that a Freeman, contending for liberty on his own ground, is superior to any slavish mercenary on earth.

--George Washington



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To encourage literature and the arts is a duty which every good citizen owes to his country.

--George Washington


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The arrows of malevolence ... however barbed and well pointed, never can reach the most vulnerable part of me; though, whilst I am up as a mark, they will be continually aimed.

--George Washington

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The thing that separates the American Christian from every other person on earth is the fact that he would rather die on his feet, than to live on his knees.

--George Washington

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Example, whether it be good or bad, has a powerful influence.

--George Washington


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The executive branch of this government never has, nor will suffer, while I preside, any improper conduct of its officers to escape with impunity.

--George Washington

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When there is no vision, there is no hope.

--George Washington

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There is nothing that gives a man consequence, and renders him fit for command, like a support that renders him independent of everybody but the State he serves.

--George Washington

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Let us impart all the blessings we possess, or ask for ourselves, to the whole family of mankind.

--George Washington





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I can truly say I had rather be a Mount Vernon than to be attended at the Seat of Government by the Officers of State and the Representatives of every Power in Europe.

--George Washington


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All I am I owe to my mother.

--George Washington

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Let me ... warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party.

--George Washington

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If we mean to support the liberty and independence which has cost us so much blood and treasure to establish, we must drive far away the demon of party spirit and local reproach.

--George Washington

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Make the most you can of the Indian Hemp seed and sow it everywhere.

--George Washington

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Though, when a people shall have become incapable of governing themselves and fit for a master, it is of little consequence from what quarter he comes.

--George Washington

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Refrain from drink which is the source of all evil-and the ruin of half the workmen in this Country.

--George Washington

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Experience has taught us that men will not adopt and carry into execution measures the best calculated for their own good without the intervention of a coercive power.

--George Washington

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Let me ask you, sir, when is the time for brave men to exert themselves in the cause of liberty and their country, if this is not?

--George Washington


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In the appointments to the great offices of the government, my aim has been to combine geographical situation, and sometimes other considerations, with abilities and fitness of known characters.

--George Washington


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Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally.

--George Washington


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In a word, if this country can steer clear of European politics, stand firm on its bottom, and be wise and temperate in its government, it bids fair to be one of the greatest and happiest nations in the world.

--George Washington

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Mankind, when left to themselves, are unfit for their own government.

--George Washington

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Not only do I pray for it, on the score of human dignity, but I can clearly forsee that nothing but the rooting out of slavery can perpetuate the existence of our union, by consolidating it in a common bond of principle.

--George Washington

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No taxes can be devised which are not more or less inconvenient and unpleasant.

--George Washington

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Real men despise battle, but will never run from it.

--George Washington

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The administration of justice is the firmest pillar of government.

--George Washington




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I was summoned by my Country, whose voice I can never hear but with veneration and love.

--George Washington


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I dare say the men would fight very well if properly officered, although they are an exceedingly dirty and nasty people.

--George Washington

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Purity of morals is the only sure foundation of public happiness in any country.

--George Washington

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To anticipate and prevent disasterous contingencies would be the part of wisdom and patriotism.

--George Washington

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It follows then as certain as that night succeeds the day, that without a decisive naval force we can do nothing definitive, and with it, everything honorable and glorious.

--George Washington

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A half-starved limping government, always moving upon crutches and tottering at every step.

--George Washington


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We should on all Occasions avoid a general Action, or put anything to the Risque, unless compelled by a necessity, into which we ought never to be drawn.

--George Washington

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The best and only safe road to honor, glory, and true dignity is justice.

--George Washington


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One of his officers, Henry Lee, summed up contemporary public opinion of Washington: First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.

--George Washington

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Let your conversation be without malice or envy, for it is a sign of a tractable and commendable nature; and in all cases of passion admit reason to govern.

--George Washington

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A hundred thousand men, coming one after another, cannot move a Ton weight; but the united strength of 50 would transport it with ease.

--George Washington

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To be prepared for war is one of the most effective ways of preserving peace.

--George Washington

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It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.

--George Washington

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I have no other view than to promote the public good, and am unambitious of honors not founded in the approbation of my Country.

--George Washington

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The turning points of lives are not the great moments. The real crises are often concealed in occurrences so trivial in appearance that they pass unobserved.

--George Washington


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Be courteous to all but intimate with few; and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.

--George Washington

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Nothing is too extravagant to expect from men who conceive they are ungratefully and unjustly dealt by.

--George Washington

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No man has a more perfect reliance on the alwise and powerful dispensations
of the Supreme Being than I have, nor thinks His aid more necessary.

--George Washington

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It is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favors.

--George Washington

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It is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God,. to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits , and humbly to implore his protection and favor... beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed.


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My own remedy is always to eat, just before I step into bed, a hot roasted onion, if I have a cold.

--George Washington

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I conceive a knowledge of books is the basis upon which other knowledge is to be built.

--George Washington


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Without virtue, and without integrity, the finest talents and the most brilliant accomplishments can never gain the respect, and conciliate the esteem, of the truly valuable part of mankind.

--George Washington


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It is absolutely necessary... for me to have persons that can think for me, as well as execute orders.

--George Washington

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Father I cannot tell a lie. I did it with my little hatchet.

--George Washington

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As the first of every thing, in our situation will serve to establish a Precedent, it is devoutly wished on my part, that these precedents may be fixed on true principles.

--George Washington


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No morn ever dawned more favorable than ours did; and no day was every more clouded than the present! Wisdom, and good examples are necessary at this time to rescue the political machine from the impending storm.

--George Washington


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I can only say that there is not a man living who wishes more sincerely than I do to see a plan adopted for the abolition of slavery.

--George Washington

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I can only say that there is not a man living who wishes more sincerely than I do, to see a plan adopted for the abolition of it -- but there is only one proper and effectual mode by which it can be accomplished, and that is by Legislative authority: and this, as far as my suffrage will go, shall never be wanting.


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Serious misfortunes, originating in misrepresentation, frequently flow and spread before they can be dissipated by truth.

--George Washington

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Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can exist apart from religious principle.

--George Washington




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Interwoven as is the love of liberty with every ligament of your hearts, no recommendation of mine is necessary to fortify or confirm the attachment.

--George Washington


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99 Percent of failures come from people who make excuses.

--George Washington

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It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company.

--George Washington

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Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.

--George Washington

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Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. Experience has taught us that it is much easier to prevent an enemy from posting themselves than it is to dislodge them after they have got possession, and when the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.


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We take the stars from heaven, the red from our mother country, separating it by white stripes, thus showing that we have separated from her, and the white stripes shall go down to posterity, representing our liberty.

--George Washington

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Nothing can be more hurtful to the service, than the neglect of discipline; for that discipline, more than numbers, gives one army the superiority over another.

--George Washington



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A lottery is the perfect tax...laid only upon the willing.

--George Washington

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The pure and benign light of revelation has had a meliorating influence on mankind.

--George Washington

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There is no restraining men's tongues or pens when charged with a little vanity.

--George Washington


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There was not a member of the Constitutional Convention who had the least objection to what is contended for by the advocates for a Bill of Rights and trial by jury.

--George Washington

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We beseech God to pardon our national and other transgressions.

--George Washington

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The foundation of a great Empire is laid, and I please myself with a persuasion, that Providence will not leave its work imperfect.

--George Washington


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It will be worthy of a free, enlightened, and, at no distant period, a great nation, to give to mankind the magnanimous and too novel example of a people always guided by an exalted justice and benevolence.

--George Washington


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To constitute a dispute there must be two parties. To understand it well, both parties and all the circumstances must be fully heard; and to accommodate the differences, temper and mutual forbearance are requisite.

--George Washington

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I am principled against selling negroes, as you would do cattle at a market.

--George Washington

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One of the expedients of party to acquire influence, within particular districts, is to misrepresent the opinions and aims of other districts.

--George Washington

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The great mass of our citizens require only to understand matters rightly, to form right decisions.

--George Washington


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There can be no greater error than to expect, or calculate, upon real favors from nation to nation. It is an illusion which experience must cure, which a just pride ought to discard.

--George Washington

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May Heaven to this Union continue its beneficence.

--George Washington



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The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism.

--George Washington

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The people must remain ever vigilant against tyrants masquerading as public servants.

--George Washington

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Our country's honor calls upon us for a vigorous and manly exertion; and if we now shamefully fail, we shall become infamous to the whole world.

--George Washington

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The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army. We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer or die.

--George Washington

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Every post is honorable in which a man can serve his country.

--George Washington

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Make sure you are doing what God wants you to do -- then do it with all your strength.

--George Washington

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When in company, put not your hands to any part of the body, not usually discovered.

--George Washington

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Harmony, liberal intercourse with all nations, are recommended by policy, humanity, and interest.

--George Washington

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Harmony, liberal intercourse with all Nations, are recommended by policy, humanity and interest. But even our Commercial policy should hold an equal and impartial hand: neither seeking nor granting exclusive favours or preferences; consulting the natural course of things; diffusing and diversifying by gentle means the streams of Commerce, but forcing nothing; establishing with Powers so disposed; in order to give trade a stable course.



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The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.

--George Washington

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Our conflict is not likely to cease so soon as every good man would wish. The measure of iniquity is not yet filled; and unless we can return a little more to first principles, and act a little more upon patriotic ground, I do not know when it will-or-what may be the issue of the contest. Speculation-peculation-engrossing-forestalling-with all their concomitants, afford too many melancholy proofs of the decay of public virtue; and too glaring instances of its being the interest and desire of too many, who would wish to be thought friends, to continue the war.


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We began a contest for liberty ill provided with the means for the war, relying on our patriotism to supply the deficiency. We expected to encounter many wants and distressed we must bear the present evils and fortitude.

--George Washington


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The establishment of Civil and Religious Liberty was the Motive that induced me to the field of battle.

--George Washington




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If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War.

--George Washington


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The value of liberty was thus enhanced in our estimation by the difficulty of its attainment, and the worth of characters appreciated by the trial of adversity.

--George Washington

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In a free and republican government, you cannot restrain the voice of the multitude.

--George Washington

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In a free and republican government, you cannot restrain the voice of the multitude. Every man will speak as he thinks, or, more properly, without thinking, and consequently will judge of effects without attending to their causes.


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Lenience will operate with greater force, in some instances than rigor. It is therefore my first wish to have all of my conduct distinguished by it.

--George Washington

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Every day the increasing weight of years admonishes me more and more, that the shade of retirement is as necessary to me as it will be welcome.

--George Washington


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No pecuniary consideration is more urgent, than the regular redemption and discharge of the public debt: on none can delay be more injurious, or an economy of time more valuable.

--George Washington

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No pecuniary consideration is more urgent, than the regular redemption and discharge of the public debt: on none can delay be more injurious, or an economy of time more valuable.

~Message to the House of Representatives, 3 December 1793.



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My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth.

--George Washington


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The basis of our political system is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government.

--George Washington

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It is much easier at all times to prevent an evil than to rectify mistakes.

--George Washington

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The very idea of the power and the right of the people to establish government presupposes the duty of every individual to obey the established government.

--George Washington


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The Independence and Liberty you possess are the work of joint councils and joint efforts, of common dangers, sufferings and successes.

--George Washington

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Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony and irreconcilable hatreds than those which spring from any other cause.

--George Washington

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Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony and irreconcilable hatreds than those which spring from any other cause: And I was not without hopes that the enlightened and liberal policy of ⟨the present⟩ age would have put an effectual stop to contentions of this Kind.


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Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.

--George Washington

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Peace with all the world is my sincere wish. I am sure it is our true policy, and am persuaded it is the ardent desire of the government.

--George Washington

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The foundation of our national policy will be laid in the pure and immutable principle of private morality.

--George Washington

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The foundations of our national policy will be laid in the pure and immutable principles of private morality, and the preeminence of free government be exemplified by all the attributes which can win the affections of its citizens, and command the respect of the world.


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The harder the conflict, the greater the triumph.

--George Washington

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It is the child of avarice, the brother of iniquity, and the father of mischief.

--George Washington


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I had rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world.

--George Washington

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The common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.

--George Washington

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An aching head and trembling limbs, which are the inevitable effects of drinking, disincline the hands from work.

--George Washington

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If ever again our nation stumbles upon unfunded paper, it shall surely be like death to our body politic. This country will crash.

--George Washington

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The benefit arising from moderate use of strong Liquor have been experienced in all Armies, and are not to be disputed.

--George Washington

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Some day, following the example of the United States of America, there will be a United States of Europe.

--George Washington

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Occupants of public offices love power and are prone to abuse it.

--George Washington

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I consider it an indubitable mark of mean-spiritedness and pitiful vanity to court applause from the pen or tongue of man.

--George Washington



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By appearing relaxed and carefree, you not only make other people feel welcome and valuable, but you also radiate the message, 'Of course, I don't look busy. I did it right the first time.'

--George Washington

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To acknowledge the receipt of letters is always proper, to remove doubts of their miscarriage.

--George Washington



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To secure respect to a neutral flag requires a naval force organized and ready to vindicate it from insult or aggression.

--George Washington


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The consideration that human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected will always continue to prompt me to promote the former by inculcating the practice of the latter.

--George Washington

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I regret exceedingly that the disputes between the protestants and Roman Catholics should be carried to the serious alarming height mentioned in your letters. Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony and irreconcilable hatreds than those which spring from any other cause; and I was not without hopes that the enlightened and liberal policy of the present age would have put an effectual stop to contentions of this kind.

Letter to Sir Edward Newenham, 22 June 1792.




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There is no practice more dangerous than that of borrowing money.

--George Washington

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To the efficacy and permanency of your union a government for the whole is indispensable.

--George Washington


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Honesty will be found on every experiment, to be the best and only true policy; let us then as a nation be just.

--George Washington

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If they are good workmen, they may be from Asia, Africa or Europe; they may be Mahometans, Jews or Christians of any sect, or they may be Atheists.

--George Washington






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Let no one go hungry away. If any of the kind of people should be in want of corn, supply their necessities, provided it does not encourage them in idleness.

--George Washington


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The Army (considering the irritable state it is in, its suffering and composition) is a dangerous instrument to play with.

--George Washington



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Do not suffer your good nature ... to say yes when you ought to say no; remember that it is a public not a private cause that is to be injured or benefitted by your choice.

--George Washington



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Do not conceive that fine clothes make fine men any more than fine feathers make fine birds.

--George Washington

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Do not conceive that fine Clothes make fine Men, any more than fine feathers make fine Birds. A plain genteel dress is more admired and obtains more credit than lace and embroidery in the Eyes of the judicious and sensible.



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Three things prompt men to a regular discharge of their duty in time of action: natural bravery, hope of reward, and fear of punishment.

--George Washington



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If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.

--George Washington


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The United States of America should have a foundation free from the influence of clergy.

--George Washington

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True friendship is a plant of slow growth.

--George Washington

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Perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages.

--George Washington




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Thirteen sovereignties pulling against each other and all tugging at the federal head, will soon bring ruin on the whole.

--George Washington


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It is a maxim, founded on the universal experience of mankind, that no nation is to be trusted farther than it is bound by its interest; and no prudent statesman or politician will venture to depart from it.

--George Washington


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Without a decisive naval force we can do nothing definitive.

--George Washington





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Nothing is a greater stranger to my breast, or a sin that my soul more abhors, than that black and detestable one, ingratitude.

--George Washington

snow covered brown mountain

Death...the abyss from where no traveler is permitted to return.

--George Washington

photo of giraffe

But if we are to be told by a foreign Power ... what we shall do, and what we shall not do, we have Independence yet to seek, and have contended hitherto for very little.

--George Washington


white and blue floral textile

To place any dependence upon militia, is, assuredly, resting upon a broken staff.

--George Washington

Longer Version:

To place any dependence upon Militia, is, assuredly, resting upon a broken staff ... If I was called upon to declare upon Oath , whether the Militia have been most serviceable or hurtful upon the whole; I should subscribe to the latter.


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History and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government.

--George Washington

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Agriculture is the most healthful, most useful, and most noble employment of man.

--George Washington

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War -- An act of violence whose object is to constrain the enemy, to accomplish our will.

--George Washington

snow-covered mountain near lake under blue sky

Our Constitution gives to bigotry no sanction.

--George Washington

woman wearing black top standing near yellow wall

The great rule of conduct for us, in regard to foreign nations, is, in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible.

--George Washington

green artificial palm tree on seashore

I am just going. Have me decently buried; and do not let my body be put into the Vault in less than three days after I am dead.... Tis well.

--George Washington

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A man's intentions should be allowed in some respects to plead for his actions.

--George Washington

three clear glass cups

The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves.

--George Washington

Texas buildings

As a very important source of strength and security, cherish public credit.

--George Washington

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We had quitters during the Revolution too...we called them 'Kentuckians.'

--George Washington

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Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth.

--George Washington

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I never say anything of a man that I have the smallest scruple of saying to him.

--George Washington




gray leaves

The States separately have very inadequate ideas of the present danger. Party disputes and personal quarrels are the great business of the day, whilst the concerns of the nation are secondary.

--George Washington

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To speak evil of any one, unless there is unequivocal proofs of their deserving it, is an injury for which there is no adequate reparation.

--George Washington

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It is our policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world.

--George Washington



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The foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing is a vice so mean and low that every person of sense and character detests and despises it.

--George Washington


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The friendship I have conceived will not be impaired by absence; but it may be no unpleasing circumstance to brighten the chain by a renewal of the covenant.

--George Washington

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The propitious smiles of Heaven, can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained.

--George Washington

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I use no Porter ... in my family, but such as is made in America: both these articles may now be purchased of an excellent quality.

--George Washington


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Being no bigot myself, I am disposed to indulge the professors of Christianity in the church that road to heaven which to them shall seem the most direct, plainest, easiest and least liable to exception.

--George Washington


Arizona landscape

It is one of the evils of democratical governments, that the people, not always seeing and frequently misled, must often feel before they can act.

--George Washington


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My manner of living is plain and I do not mean to be put out of it. A glass of wine and a bit of mutton are always ready.

--George Washington

Longer Version:

My manner of living is plain. I do not mean to be put out of it. A glass of wine and a bit of mutton are always ready; and such as will be content to partake of them are always welcome. Those, who expect more, will be disappointed, but no change will be effected by it.


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I had rather be in my grave than in my present situation, I had rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world; and yet they charge me with wanting to be a king.

--George Washington

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Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.

--George Washington

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I am for free commerce with all nations; political connection with none; and little or no diplomatic establishment.

--George Washington

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Be not forward, but friendly and courteous; the first to salute, hear and answer; and be not pensive when it is time to converse.

--George Washington

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The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference they deserve a place of honor with all that's good.

--George Washington

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My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother.

--George Washington

Longer Version:

My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual, and physical education I received from her.


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It is impossible to account for the creation of the universe without the agency of a Supreme Being.

--George Washington



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And let us with Caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion.

--George Washington

sunset

It's wonderful what we can do if we're always doing.

--George Washington

green grass field

I am principled against this kind of traffic in the human species ... and to disperse the families I have an aversion.

--George Washington

person wearing black top

99% of failures come from people who make excuses.

--George Washington

brown and grey trees and rock formation painting

Laws or ordinances unobserved, or partially attended to, had better never have been made.

--George Washington

silhouette of woman hugging mna under starry night sky

I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandman's cares.

--George Washington


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The last official act of any government is to loot the treasury.

--George Washington

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Undertake not what you cannot perform, but be careful to keep your promise.

--George Washington

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The liberality of sentiment toward each other, which marks every political and religious denomination of men in this country, stands unparalleled in the history of nations.

--George Washington

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The tumultuous populace of large cities are ever to be dreaded.

--George Washington

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Diffidence in an officer is a good mark because he will always endeavor to bring himself up to what he conceives to be the full line of his duty.

--George Washington

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Freemasonry is an order whose leading star is philanthropy and whose principles inculcate an unceasing devotion to the cause of virtue and morality.

--George Washington

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In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars.

--George Washington


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The situation of the general government, if it can be called a government, is shaken to its foundation, and liable to be overturned by every blast.

--George Washington

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I have the consolation to believe, that, while choice and prudence invite me to quit the political scene, patriotism does not forbid it.

--George Washington

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Let me live according to those holy rules which Thou hast this day prescribed in Thy Holy Word...direct me to the true object, Jesus Christ, the way, the truth, and the life. Bless, O Lord, all the people of this land.

--George Washington




palm tree under orange sky

Do not let anyone claim tribute of American patriotism if they even attempt to remove religion from politics.

--George Washington

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In executing the duties of my present important station, I can promise nothing but purity of intentions, and, in carrying these into effect, fidelity and diligence.

--George Washington

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The best means of forming a manly, virtuous, and happy people will be found in the right education of youth. Without this foundation, every other means, in my opinion, must fail.

--George Washington

pair of white lace-up shoes

When one side only of a story is heard and often repeated, the human mind becomes impressed with it insensibly.

--George Washington

None

Uniformity in the currency, weights, and measures of the United States is an object of great importance, and will, I am persuaded, be duly attended to.

--George Washington

None

We should amuse our evening hours of life in cultivating the tender plants, and bringing them to perfection, before they are transplanted to a happier clime.

--George Washington

green trees on brown dried leaves during daytime

Where are our Men of abilities? Why do they not come forth to save their Country?

--George Washington

pink umbrella

Laws made by common consent must not be trampled on by individuals.

--George Washington


sunset with rainbow

Truth will ultimately prevail where there are pains taken to bring it to light.

--George Washington

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The Hand of providence has been so conspicuous in all this, that he must be worse than an infidel that lacks faith, and more than wicked, that has not gratitude enough to acknowledge his obligations.

--George Washington

green leaf tree near mountain covered by snow at daytime

A bad war is fought with a good mind.

--George Washington


silhouette of person wearing cowboy hat during sunset

System in all things should be aimed at; for in execution it renders every thing more easy.

--George Washington

Arizona landscape

Discipline is the soul of an army.

--George Washington

Longer Version:

Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the week, and esteem to all.





Bryce Canyon National Park Sunrise Point at Utah

Submit your sentiments with diffidence. A dictatorial style, though it may carry conviction, is always accompanied with disgust.

--George Washington

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