George Washington Quotes

George Washington

First president of US (1732 - 1799)

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It is the child of avarice, the brother of iniquity, and the father of mischief.

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Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.

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

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Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.

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There is nothing so likely to produce peace as to be well prepared to meet the enemy.

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My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth.

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Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force! It is a dangerous servant and a terrible master.

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It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.

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It is well, I die hard, but I am not afraid to go.

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Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.

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Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.

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

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Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant, and a fearful master.

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Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.

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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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There is nothing that gives a man consequence, and renders him fit for command, like a support that renders him independent of everybody but the State he serves.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.

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Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience.

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I know [patriotism] exists, and I know it has done much in the present contest. But a great and lasting war can never be supported on this principle alone. It must be aided by a prospect of interest, or some reward.

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I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.

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We ought not to look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dear-brought experience.

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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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