88 George Washington Quotes

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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.
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I can only say that there is not a man living who wishes more sincerely than I do to see a plan adopted for the abolition of slavery.
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86
The very idea of the power and right of the people to establish government presupposes the duty of every individual to obey the established government.
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85
Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.
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84
Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.
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83
There is an opinion that parties in free countries are useful checks upon the administration of the government, and serve to keep alive the spirit of liberty. This, within certain limits, is probably true. But in governments of a popular character, and purely elective, it is a spirit not to be encouraged. From their natural tendency, there will always be enough of that spirit for every salutary purpose. And there being constant danger of excess, the effort ought to be, by force of public opinion, to mitigate and assuage it. A fire not to be quenched, it demands a uniform vigilance to prevent it bursting into a flame, lest, instead of warming, it should consume.
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82
To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.
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81
Someday, following the example of the United States of America, there will be a United States of Europe.
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80
Bad seed is a robbery of the worst kind: for your pocket-book not only suffers by it, but your preparations are lost and a season passes away unimproved.
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79
There is a natural and necessary progression, from the extreme of anarchy to the extreme of tyranny; and arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.
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78
The consideration that human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected will always continue to prompt me to promote the former by inculcating the practice of the latter.
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77
Actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends.
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76
Lenience will operate with greater force, in some instances than rigor. It is therefore my first wish to have all of my conduct distinguished by it.
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75
I have no other view than to promote the public good, and am unambitious of honors not founded in the approbation of my Country.
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74
We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience.
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73
My observation is that whenever one person is found adequate to the discharge of a duty. it is worse executed by two persons, and scarcely done at all if three or more are employed therein.
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72
Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
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71
The basis of our political system is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government.
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70
Providence has at all times been my only dependence, for all other resources seemed to have failed us.
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Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.
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68
Undertake not what you cannot perform but be careful to keep your promise.
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67
Such is the turbulence of human passions in party disputes, when victory more than truth is contended for, that the post of honor is a private station.
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If we mean to support the liberty and independence which have cost us so much blood and treasure to establish, we must drive far away the demon of party spirit and local reproach.
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It is to be lamented that great characters are seldom without a blot.
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Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.
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