Founding Fathers: 55 Quotes from George Washington

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  1. “The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves.” George Washington
  2. “My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth.” George Washington
  3. “My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.” George Washington
  4. “Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.” George Washington
  5. “It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.” George Washington
  6. “The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.” George Washington
  7. “Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.” George Washington
  8. “Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.” George Washington
  9. “It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.” George Washington
  10. “Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.” George Washington
  11. “It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company.” George Washington
  12. “Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.” George Washington
  13. “Laws made by common consent must not be trampled on by individuals.” George Washington
  14. “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” George Washington
  15. “Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant & a fearful master.” George Washington
  16. “Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.” George Washington
  17. “The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.” George Washington
  18. “True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity, before it is entitled to the appellation.” George Washington
  19. “Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience.” George Washington
  20. “Experience teaches us that it is much easier to prevent an enemy from posting themselves than it is to dislodge them after they have got possession.” George Washington
  21. “Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.” George Washington
  22. “It is better to be alone than in bad company.” George Washington
  23. “It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it.” George Washington
  24. “Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair; the rest is in the hands of God.” George Washington
  25. “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
  26. “I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.” George Washington
  27. “Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty.” George Washington
  28. “Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone, and let your hand give in proportion to your purse.” George Washington
  29. “The basis of our political system is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government.” George Washington
  30. “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
  31. “A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends.” George Washington
  32. “When we assumed the Soldier, we did not lay aside the Citizen.” George Washington
  33. “Mankind, when left to themselves, are unfit for their own government.” George Washington
  34. “Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.” George Washington
  35. “Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.” George Washington
  36. “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
  37. “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
  38. “We are persuaded that good Christians will always be good citizens, and that where righteousness prevails among individuals the Nation will be great and happy. Thus while just government protects all in their religious rights, true religion affords to government it’s surest support.” George Washington
  39. “Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.” George Washington
  40. “Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all.” George Washington
  41. “Some day, following the example of the United States of America, there will be a United States of Europe.” George Washington
  42. “Friendship is a plant of slow growth and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.” George Washington
  43. The constitution vests the power of declaring war in Congress; therefore no offensive expedition of importance can be undertaken until after they shall have deliberated upon the subject and authorized such a measure. George Washington
  44. “The administration of justice is the firmest pillar of government.” George Washington
  45. “War – An act of violence whose object is to constrain the enemy, to accomplish our will.” George Washington
  46. “I walk on untrodden ground. There is scarcely any part of my conduct which may not hereafter be drawn into precedent.” George Washington
  47. “Let your Discourse with Men of Business be Short and Comprehensive.” George Washington
  48. “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
  49. “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
  50. “Bad seed is a robbery of the worst kind: for your pocket-book not only suffers by it, but your preparations are lost and a season passes away unimproved.” George Washington
  51. “My observation is that whenever one person is found adequate to the discharge of a duty… it is worse executed by two persons, and scarcely done at all if three or more are employed therein.” George Washington
  52. “It may be laid down as a primary position, and the basis of our system, that every Citizen who enjoys the protection of a Free Government, owes not only a proportion of his property, but even of his personal services to the defense of it.” George Washington
  53. “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
  54. “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
  55. “Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples’ liberty’s teeth.” George Washington

 

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