george washington quotes

George Washington Quotes

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

It is better to be alone than in bad company.

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

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.

Human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.

The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.

99% of failures come from people who make excuses.

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.

Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.

Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.
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Perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages.

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.

Associate yourself with men of good quality, if you esteem your own reputation; for ‘tis better to be alone than in bad company.

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.

Happiness depends more upon the internal frame of a person’s own mind, than on the externals in the world.

A sensible woman can never be happy with a fool.

The harder the conflict, the greater the triumph.

Worry is the intrest paid by those who borrow trouble.

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

Paper money has had the effect in your state that it will ever have, to ruin commerce, oppress the honest, and open the door to every species of fraud and injustice.

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

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

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

Citizens by birth or choice of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations.

To persevere in one’s duty, and be silent is the best answer to calumny.

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

Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all.
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We must consult our means rather than our wishes.

I hold the maxim no less applicable to public than to private affairs, that honesty is always the best policy.

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.

It is substantially true, that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. The rule, indeed, extends with more or less force to every species of free government.

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Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone.

There is nothing so likely to produce peace as to be well prepared to meet the enemy.

No punishment, in my opinion, is to great, for the man who can build his greatness upon his country’s ruin.
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Be not glad at the misfortune of another, though he may be your enemy.

A bad war is fought with a good mind.

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

Strive not with your superiors in argument, but always submit your judgment to others with modesty.

Individuals entering into society, must give up a share of liberty to preserve the rest.

The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their Constitutions of Government.

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

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

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

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.

It is a much easier and less distressing thing to draw remonstrances in a comfortable room by a good fireside than to occupy a cold bleak hill and sleep under frost and snow without cloaths or blankets.

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


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