George Washington

George Washington

George Washington (February 22, 1732 – December 14, 1799) was an American politician and soldier who served as the first President of the United States from 1789 to 1797 and was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He served as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and later presided over the 1787 convention that drafted the United States Constitution. He is popularly considered the driving force behind the nation's establishment and came to be known as the "father of the country," both during his lifetime and to this day.

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Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.

A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends.

Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.

It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.

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

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

The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens, unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.

Friendship is a plant of slow growth and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.

It is better to be alone than in bad company.

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

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

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.

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.

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.

Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty.

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

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

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.

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.

It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it.

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

The administration of justice is the firmest pillar of government.

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

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.

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

Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.

Let your discourse with men of business be short and comprehensive.

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

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.

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

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.

Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.

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

When we assumed the Soldier we did not lay aside the Citizen.

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.

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

True friendship is a plant of slow growth and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.

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.

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

The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.

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.

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

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.

Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone and let your hand give in proportion to your purse.

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

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.

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.

I walk on untrodden ground. There is scarcely any part of my conduct which may not hereafter be drawn into precedent.

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.

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