George Washington - (1732 - 1799)

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Quote 1332 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1332 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1332 However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion....The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism.

George Washington: Farewell Address, Sep. 17, 1796

Quote 451 details Share on Google+ - Quote 451 Linked In Share Button - Quote 451 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: letter to Francis Van der Kamp, May 28, 1788

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The citizens of America ... are, form this period, to be considered as the actors on a most conspicuous theater, which seems to be peculiarly designated by Providence for the display of human greatness and felicity.

George Washington: Circular to the States, 1783

Quote 497 details Share on Google+ - Quote 497 Linked In Share Button - Quote 497 The citizens of the United States of America have the right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy worthy of imitation. All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship. It is now no more that toleration is spoken of as if it were by the indulgence of one class of citizens that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights, for happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.

George Washington: letter to the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, Rhode Island, September 9, 1790

Quote 1344 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1344 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1344 The tumultuous populace of large cities are ever to be dreaded. Their indiscriminate violence prostrates for the time all public authority, and its consequences are sometimes extensive and terrible.

George Washington: To Marquis de Lafayette, July 28,1791
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Opinion, and the just maintenance of it, shall never be a crime in my view; nor bring injury on the individual.

Quote 848 details Share on Google+ - Quote 848 Linked In Share Button - Quote 848 The time is now near at hand which must probably determine weather Americans are to be freemen or slaves; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their houses and farms are to be pillaged and destroyed, and themselves consigned to a state of wretchedness from which no human effort will deliver them. The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army. Our cruel and unrelenting enemy leaves us only the choice of brave resistance, or the most abject submission. We have therefore to resolve to conquer or die.

George Washington: Aug 27, 1776 Address to the Continental Army before the battle of Long Island.

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The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under god, on the courage and conduct of the army.

George Washington: before the battle of Long Island, August 26, 1776
For God and Country (T.K. Marion)

Quote 677 details Share on Google+ - Quote 677 Linked In Share Button - Quote 677 It is impossible to govern the world without God and the Bible. Of all the dispositions and habits that lead to political prosperity, our religion and morality are the indispensable supporters. Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that our national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.


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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.

Quote 1402 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1402 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1402 There is one reward that nothing can deprive me of, and that is the consciousness of having done my duty with the strictest rectitude and most scrupulous exactness.

George Washington: to Lund Washington, May 19, 1780
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Quote 462 details Share on Google+ - Quote 462 Linked In Share Button - Quote 462 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: Farewell Address, September 19, 1796

Quote 495 details Share on Google+ - Quote 495 Linked In Share Button - Quote 495 The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respectable Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations and Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges, if by decency and propriety of conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment.

George Washington: Address to the Members of the Volunteer Association of Ireland, December 2, 1783

Quote 1265 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1265 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1265 Light reading (by this, I mean books of little importance) may amuse for the moment, but leaves nothing solid behind.

Quote 142 details Share on Google+ - Quote 142 Linked In Share Button - Quote 142 A primary object should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing... than ... communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?

George Washington: A primary object should be the education of our youth in the science of government.

Quote 518 details Share on Google+ - Quote 518 Linked In Share Button - Quote 518 We are either a United people, or we are not. If the former, let us, in all maters of general concern act as a nation, which have national objects to promote, and a national character to support. If we are not, let us no longer act a farce by pretending to it.

George Washington: letter to James Madison, November 30, 1785

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When a man does all he can, though it succeeds not well, blame not him that did it.

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

Quote 1392 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1392 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1392 We ought not to convert trifling difficulties into insuperable obstacles.

George Washington: To Marquis de Malmedy May 16, 1777
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Quote 676 details Share on Google+ - Quote 676 Linked In Share Button - Quote 676 Oh, eternal and everlasting God, direct my thoughts, words and work. Wash away my sins in the immaculate blood of the lamb and purge my heart by the Holy Spirit. Daily, frame me more and more in the likeness of thy son, Jesus Christ, that living in thy fear, and dying in thy favor, I may in thy appointed time obtain the resurrection of the justified unto eternal life. Bless, O Lord, the whole race of mankind and let the world be filled with the knowledge of thy son, Jesus Christ.

George Washington: his Prayer Book

Quote 22 details Share on Google+ - Quote 22 Linked In Share Button - Quote 22 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.

Quote 521 details Share on Google+ - Quote 521 Linked In Share Button - Quote 521 When we assumed the Soldier, we did not lay aside the Citizen; and we shall most sincerely rejoice with you in the happy hour when the establishment of American Liberty, upon the most firm and solid foundations shall enable us to return to our Private Stations in the bosom of a free, peacefully and happy Country.

George Washington: address to the New York Legislature, June 26, 1775

Quote 917 details Share on Google+ - Quote 917 Linked In Share Button - Quote 917 It is to probable that no plan we propose will be adopted. Perhaps another dreadful conflict is to be sustained. If to please the people, we offer what we ourselves disapprove, how can we afterwards defend our work? Let us raise a a standard to which the wise and the honest can repair. The event is in the hand of God.

George Washington: remarks at the first Continental Congress, May 14, 1787
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Quote 960 details Share on Google+ - Quote 960 Linked In Share Button - Quote 960 For if Men are to be precluded from offering their Sentiments on a matter, which may involve the most serious and alarming consequences, that can invite the consideration of Mankind, reason is of not use to us; the freedom of Speech may be taken away, and dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep, to the Slaughter.


Quote 513 details Share on Google+ - Quote 513 Linked In Share Button - Quote 513 There is a rank due to the United States, among nations, which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness. 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: Annual Message, December 1793


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