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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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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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When I contemplate the interposition of Providence, as it was visibly manifested, in guiding us through the Revolution, in preparing us for the reception of a general government, and in conciliating the good will of the People of America towards one

Providence 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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Our country's honor calls upon us for a vigorous and manly exertion; and if we now shamefully fail, we shall become infamous to the whole world.

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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In his address of 19 September 1796, given as he prepared to leave office, President George Washington spoke about the importance of morality to the country's well-being: Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and Morality are indispensable supports.... And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion.... Can it be that Providence has not connected the permanent felicity of a Nation with its virtue?

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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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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Make the most of the hemp seed and sow it everywhere.

Stoners Quotes, by George Washington

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

Friendship Quotes, by George Washington

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Government is not reason, it is not eloquence -- it is force.

Government Quotes, by George Washington

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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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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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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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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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Men's minds are as variant as their faces. Where the motives of their actions are pure, the operation of the former is no more to be imputed to them as a crime, than the appearance of the latter; for both, being the work of nature, are alike unavoidable.

Motive Quotes, by George Washington , Source: Social Maxims--Difference of Opinion no Crime

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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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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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