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All quotes by George Washington: 4th Of July Acting Adoption Adversity Affairs Affection Age Aids Ambition American Revolution Army Art Atheism Authority Avoiding Benevolence Bible Blessings Books Business Character Charity Children Choices Christ Christianity Church Church And State Citizenship Community Conflict Conscience Constitution Country Crime Cursing Desire Destiny Difficulty Dignity Discipline Doubt Duty Dying Earth Economics Economy Education Effort Encouragement Enemies Ethics Evil Excuses Exercise Expectations Experience Eyes Failing Fashion Fate Fathers Feelings Felicity Fighting Foreign Policy Freedom Freedom And Liberty Friends Friendship Giving Glory God Gratitude Growth Gun Control Guns Habits Happiness Harmony Hatred Heart Heaven Home Honesty Honor Horror House Human Nature Humanity Imitation Immigration Independence Indulgences Injustice Inspiration Inspirational Integrity Jesus Jesus Christ Judging Judgment Justice Knowledge Labor Leadership Liberty Life Love Lying Mankind Marriage Mercy Military Morality Mothers Motivational Navy Office Opinions Opportunity Parties Passion Past Patriotism Patriots Peace Perfection Persecution Piety Political Parties Politicians Politics Praise Prayer Prejudice Pride Probability Progress Property Property Rights Prosperity Prudence Purpose Quality Quitting Redemption Reflection Regret Religion Religion And Politics Reputation Retirement Retiring Revolution Revolutionary War Right To Bear Arms Running Safety Second Amendment Security Separation Separation Of Church And State Sin Slavery Slaves Sleep Society Soldiers Son Soul Spring Study Success Suffering Swearing Talent Taxes Thanksgiving This Day True Friends Truth Tyranny Universe Veterans Virtue Voting War Welfare Wisdom Worship Youth more...
  • It has always been a source of serious reflection and sincere regret with me that the youth of the United States should be sent to foreign countries for the purpose of education. Although there are many who escape the danger of contracting principles unfavorable to republican governments, yet we ought to deprecate the hazard attending ardent and susceptible minds from being too strongly and too early prejudiced in favor of other political systems, before they are capable of appreciating their own.

    George Washington, Jared Sparks (1840). “The Writings of George Washington: pt. IV. Letters official and private, from the beginning of his presidency to the end of his life: (v. 10) May, 1789-November, 1794. (v. 11) November, 1794-December, 1799”, p.14
  • The great mass of our citizens require only to understand matters rightly, to form right decisions.

    George Washington, John Clement Fitzpatrick, David Maydole Matteson (1799). “The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799”, p.129
  • A people... who are possessed of the spirit of commerce, who see and who will pursue their advantages may achieve almost anything.

    George Washington, John Clement Fitzpatrick, David Maydole Matteson (1784). “The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799”, p.473
  • Like as a wise man in time of peace prepares for war.

    "The Satires". Book by Horace, II. 2. 111,
  • Promote then as an object of primary importance, Institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge. In proportion as the structure of a government gives force to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened.

    George Washington (1852). “The life of General Washington: first president of the United States”, p.331
  • Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.

    George Washington (1837). “The Writings of George Washington: pt. V. Speeches and messages to Congress, proclamations, and addresses”, p.162
  • Refrain from drink which is the source of all evil-and the ruin of half the workmen in this Country.

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    George Washington (1908). “Letters and Addresses,”
  • Conscience ... seldom comes to a man's aid while he is in the zenith of health and revelling in pomp and luxury upon illgotten spoils. It is generally the last act of his life, and it comes too late to be of much service to others here, or to himself hereafter.

    George Washington, John Clement Fitzpatrick, David Maydole Matteson (1782). “The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799”, p.486
  • What was done with the seed saved from the India Hemp last summer? It ought, all of it, to have been sewn again; that not only a stock of seed sufficient for my own purposes might have been raised, but to have disseminated the seed to others; as it is more valuable than the common Hemp.

  • Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains taken to bring it to light.

    "The Real George Washington".
  • Every action in company ought to be with some sign of respect to those present.

    George Washington, Jared Sparks (1834). “(v. 2) Comprising official letters relating to the French War, and private letters before the American Revolution”, p.412
  • The necessity of procuring good Intelligence is apparent & need not be further urged-All that remains for me to add, is, that you keep the whole matter as secret as possible. For upon Secrecy, Success depends in most Enterprizes of the kind, and for want of it, they are generally defeated, however well planned & promising a favourable issue.

    To Colonel Elias Dayton, 26 July 1777; cited in Helgerson, CIA Briefings (1996). When President Kennedy visited CIA in January 1961 he saw this letter on display and asked for a copy of it. He later wrote to DCI Allen Dulles, "The letter is both a fine memento of my visit with you and a continuing reminder of the role of intelligence in national policy."
  • Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.

    George Washington (1783). “A circular Letter ... to ... W. Greene, Governor ... of Rhode Island”, p.11
  • Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.

    George Washington, Jared Sparks (1834). “The Writings of George Washington: pt. I. Official letters relating to the French war, and private letters before the American revolution: March, 1754-May, 1775”, p.413
  • May the father of all mercies scatter light, and not darkness, upon our paths, and make us in all our several vocations useful here, and in His own due time and way everlastingly happy.

    George Washington, William Wright Abbot, Philander D. Chase, Dorothy Twohig, Mark A. Mastromarino (1996). “The Papers of George Washington: July-November 1790”
  • I wish the constitution, which is offered, had been made more perfect; but I sincerely believe it is the best that could be obtained at this time. And, as a constitutional door is opened for amendment hereafter, the adoption of it, under the present circumstances of the Union, is in my opinion desirable.

    George Washington, Jared Sparks (1847). “The Writings of George Washington: pt. III. Private letters from the time Washington resigned his commission as commander-in-chief of the Army to that of his inauguration as president of the United States: December, 1783-April, 1789”, p.266
  • I use no Porter ... in my family, but such as is made in America: both these articles may now be purchased of an excellent quality.

  • I will move gently down the stream of life until I sleep with my fathers.

    George Washington (1839). “Life”, p.407
  • Among the many interesting objects which will engage your attention that of providing for the common defense will merit particular regard. To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.

    George Washington (1849). “Lives of the heroes of the American Revolution: comprising the lives of Washington and his generals and officers who were the most distinguished in the War of the Independence of the U. S. A. : also embracing The Declaration of Independence and signers' names, The Constitution of the United States and amendments...together with the inaugural, first annual and farewell addresses of Washington”, p.333
  • The best way to have peace is to always be prepared to fight a way.

  • The Hand of providence has been so conspicuous in all this, that he must be worse than an infidel that lacks faith, and more than wicked, that has not gratitude enough to acknowledge his obligations.

    George Washington (1858). “The Writings: Being His Correspondence, Addresses, Messages, and Other Papers, Official and Private, Selected and Published from the Original Manuscripts : with a Life of the Author, Notes and Illustrations”, p.36
  • I go to the chair of government with feelings not unlike those of a culprit who is going to the place of his execution.

    George Washington, Dorothy Twohig, William Wright Abbot (1987). “The Papers of George Washington: April-June 1789”
  • Observe good faith and justice towards all Nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all. Religion and morality enjoin this conduct; and can it be that good policy does not equally enjoin it?

    George Washington, United States. President (1789-1797 : Washington) (1847). “Washington's Farewell Address to the People of the United States of America: Published in September, 1796”, p.9
  • The inducements of interest for observing [neutral] conduct . . . has been to endeavour to gain time to our country to settle and mature its yet recent institutions, and to progress without interruption, to that degree of strength and consistency, which is necessary to give it, humanly speaking, the command of its own fortunes.

    George Washington, Moncure D. Conway, Julius F. Sachse, Washington Irving, Joseph Meredith Toner (2017). “The Complete Works of George Washington: Military Journals, Rules of Civility, Writings on French and Indian War, Presidential Work, Inaugural Addresses, Messages to Congress, Letters & Biography”, p.1297, Madison & Adams
  • No people can be bound to acknowledge the invisible hand which conducts the affairs of men more than the people of the united States. Every step by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency

    George Washington (2011). “Washington's Political Legacies: With a Biographical Outline of His Life and Character”, p.58, Cambridge University Press
  • Nothing is more essential, than that permanent, inveterate antipathies against particular Nations, and passionate attachments for others, should be excluded; and that, in place of them, just and amicable feelings towards all should be cultivated.

    George Washington, Andrew Jackson (1862). “Washington's Farewell Address: The Proclamation of Jackson Against Nullification, and the Declaration of Independence”, p.9
  • Freedom and Property Rights are inseparable. You can't have one without the other.

  • I wish to walk in such a line as will give most general satisfaction.

    George Washington, Jared Sparks (1837). “The Writings of George Washington: pt. II. Correspondence and miscellaneous papers relating to the American revolution: (v. 3) June, 1775-July, 1776. (v. 4) July, 1776-July] 1777. (v. 5) July, 1777-July, 1778. (v. 6) July, 1778-March, 1780. (v. 7) March, 1780-April, 1781. (v. 8) April, 1781-December, 1783”, p.200
  • 99% of failures come from people who make excuses.

  • 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, Stephen Lucas (1999). “The Quotable George Washington: The Wisdom of an American Patriot”, p.90, Rowman & Littlefield
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    George Washington

    • Born: February 22, 1732
    • Died: December 14, 1799
    • Occupation: 1st U.S. President