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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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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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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 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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I die hard but am not afraid to go.

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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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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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 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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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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A government is like fire, a handy servant, but a dangerous master.

Government Quotes, by George Washington

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Justice is the firm and continuous desire to render to everyone that which is his due

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

Discipline Quotes, by George Washington

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Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.

Crime 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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My temper leads me to peace and harmony with all men; and it is peculiarly my wish to avoid any personal feuds or dissensions with those, who are embarked in the same great national interest with myself, as every difference of this kind in its conseq

Temper Quotes, by George Washington

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