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60 Famous Quotes by George Washington
2/22/1732 - 12/14/1799
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The Father of the United States     The Father of Our Country     Father of His Country
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About George Washington

A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man that action, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment to friends; and that the most liberal professions of good-will are very far from being the surest marks of it

Acquaintance Quotes, by 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.... It should be the highest ambition of every American to extend his views beyond himself, and to bear in mind that his conduct will not only affect himself, his country, and his immediate posterity; but that its influence may be co-extensive with the world, and stamp political happiness or misery on ages yet unborn." --George Washington

America Quotes, by George Washington

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An army of asses led by a lion is better than an army of lions led by an ass

Army Quotes, by 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.

Courtesy Quotes, by George Washington

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Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.

Government Quotes, by George Washington

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When will the public cease to insult the teacher's calling with empty flattery? When will men who would never for a moment encourage their own sons to enter the work of the public schools cease to tell us that education is the greatest and noblest of all human callings?

Insults Quotes, by George Washington

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I die hard but am not afraid to go.

Us presidents Quotes, by George Washington

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The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered ... deeply, ... finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.

Us presidents Quotes, by George Washington

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

Us presidents Quotes, by George Washington

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Following his brief inaugural address to the Congress, President George Washington and his party walked over to St. Paul's Church for divine services. His prayer that afternoon was: 'Almighty God, we make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government; to entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow-citizens of the United States at large.'

Us presidents Quotes, by George Washington

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Written about Washington after his death by another of the founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson: His mind was great and powerful ... as far as he saw, no judgment was ever sounder. It was slow in operation, being little aided by invention or imagination, but sure in conclusion.... Perhaps the strongest feature in his character was prudence, never acting until every circumstance, every consideration, was maturely weighed; refraining if he saw doubt, but, when once decided, going through his purpose, whatever obstacles opposed. His integrity was the most pure, his justice the most inflexible I have ever known.... He was, indeed, in every sense of the words, a wise, a good and a great man ... On the whole, his character was, in its mass, perfect ... it may truly be said, that never did nature and fortune combine more perfectly to make a man great....

Us presidents Quotes, by 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.

Us presidents Quotes, by 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.

Us presidents Quotes, by George Washington

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On April 30, 1789, George Washington, standing on the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York, took his oath of office as the first President of the United States. Of this he wrote to James Madison: 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.

Us presidents Quotes, by George Washington

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When it was reported to General Washington that the army was frequently indulging in swearing, he immediately sent out the following order: The general is sorry to be informed that the foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing — a vice little known heretofore in the American army — is growing into fashion. Let the men and officers reflect 'that we can not hope for the blessing of heaven on our army if we insult it by our impiety and folly.'

Us presidents Quotes, by George Washington

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

Us presidents Quotes, by 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.

Profanity Quotes, by George Washington

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As Mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality.

Community Quotes, by George Washington

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The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon

Constitution Quotes, by George Washington

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Avoiding likewise the accumulation of debt, not only by shunning occasions of expense, but by vigorous exertions in time of peace to discharge the debts which unavoidable wars have occasioned, not ungenerously throwing upon posterity the burthen whic

Debt Quotes, by George Washington

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Precedents are dangerous things; let the rein of government then be braced and held with a steady hand

Precedents Quotes, by George Washington

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

Trade Quotes, by George Washington

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As to pay, Sir, I beg leave to assure the Congress that as no pecuniary consideration could have tempted me to accept this arduous employment at the expense of my domestic ease and happiness, I do not wish to make any profit from it. - George Washington,

Gain Quotes, by George Washington , Source: in Congress on his appointment as Commander-in-Chief

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Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.

Bribery Quotes, by George Washington , Source: Moral Maxims--Virtue and Vice--The Trial of Virtue

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

Us presidents Quotes, by George Washington

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