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George Washington (February 22, 1732 – December 14, 1799) was an American political leader, military general, statesman, and Founding Father who served as the first president of the United States from 1789 to 1797. Previously, he led Patriot forces to victory in the nation's War for Independence. He presided at the Constitutional Convention of 1787, which established the U.S. Constitution and a federal government. Washington has been called the "Father of His Country" for his manifold leadership in the formative days of the new nation.

Washington's first public office was serving as official Surveyor of Culpeper County, Virginia, from 1749 to 1750. Subsequently, he received his initial military training and a command with the Virginia Regiment during the French and Indian War. He was later elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses and was named a delegate to the Continental Congress, where he was appointed Commanding General of the Continental Army. He commanded American forces, allied with France, in the defeat and surrender of the British during the Siege of Yorktown. He resigned his commission after the Treaty of Paris in 1783.

Washington played a key role in adopting and ratifying the Constitution and was then twice elected president by the Electoral College. He implemented a strong, well-financed national government while remaining impartial in a fierce rivalry between cabinet members Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton. During the French Revolution, he proclaimed a policy of neutrality while sanctioning the Jay Treaty. He set enduring precedents for the office of president, including the title "Mr. President", and his Farewell Address is widely regarded as a pre-eminent statement on republicanism.

Washington owned slaves, and, to preserve national unity, he supported measures passed by Congress to protect slavery. He later became troubled with the institution of slavery and freed his slaves in a 1799 will. He endeavored to assimilate Native Americans into the Anglo-American culture but combated indigenous resistance during instances of violent conflict. He was a member of the Anglican Church and the Freemasons, and he urged broad religious freedom in his roles as general and president. Upon his death, he was eulogized as "first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen". He has been memorialized by monuments, art, geographical locations, including the national capital, stamps, and currency, and many scholars and polls rank him among the greatest U.S. presidents. On March 13, 1978, Washington was promoted to General of the Armies.

Quote: The administration of justice is the firmest pillar of government. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of grayscale photo of man and woman kissing
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The administration of justice is the firmest pillar of government.


Quote: Perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of silhouette of man and woman kissing during sunset
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Perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages.


Quote: Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of shallow focus photo of person sitting on concrete bench
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Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.


Quote: The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of silhouette of man standing on hill during starry night
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The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves.


Quote: I am persuaded, you will permit me to observe, that the path of true piety is so plain as to require but little political direction. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of purple flowers under sunny sky
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I am persuaded, you will permit me to observe, that the path of true piety is so plain as to require but little political direction.


Quote: War -- An act of violence whose object is to constrain the enemy, to accomplish our will. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of green trees on brown dried leaves during daytime
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War -- An act of violence whose object is to constrain the enemy, to accomplish our will.


Quote: Agriculture is the most healthful, most useful, and most noble employment of man. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

Agriculture is the most healthful, most useful, and most noble employment of man.


Quote: And let us with Caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

And let us with Caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion.


Quote: The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference they deserve a place of honor with all that's good. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference they deserve a place of honor with all that's good.


Quote: Every post is honorable in which a man can serve his country. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

Every post is honorable in which a man can serve his country.


Quote: Make the most you can of the Indian Hemp seed and sow it everywhere. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

Make the most you can of the Indian Hemp seed and sow it everywhere.


Quote: If you need to start by focusing on how your attitude appears, then appear relaxed and carefree, as if you have time to stop and listen to others. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

If you need to start by focusing on how your attitude appears, then appear relaxed and carefree, as if you have time to stop and listen to others.


Quote: By appearing relaxed and carefree, you not only make other people feel welcome and valuable, but you also radiate the message, 'Of course, I don't look busy. I did it right the first time.' by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

By appearing relaxed and carefree, you not only make other people feel welcome and valuable, but you also radiate the message, 'Of course, I don't look busy. I did it right the first time.'


Quote: The great mass of our citizens require only to understand matters rightly, to form right decisions. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

The great mass of our citizens require only to understand matters rightly, to form right decisions.


Quote: It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.


Quote: We take the stars from heaven, the red from our mother country, separating it by white stripes, thus showing that we have separated from her, and the white stripes shall go down to posterity, representing our liberty. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

We take the stars from heaven, the red from our mother country, separating it by white stripes, thus showing that we have separated from her, and the white stripes shall go down to posterity, representing our liberty.


Quote: 99 Percent of failures come from people who make excuses. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

99 Percent of failures come from people who make excuses.


Quote: Honesty will be found on every experiment, to be the best and only true policy; let us then as a nation be just. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

Honesty will be found on every experiment, to be the best and only true policy; let us then as a nation be just.


Quote: When we assumed the soldier, we did not lay aside the citizen. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

When we assumed the soldier, we did not lay aside the citizen.


Quote: To be prepared for war is one of the most effective ways of preserving peace. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

To be prepared for war is one of the most effective ways of preserving peace.


Quote: Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

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


Quote: Our Constitution gives to bigotry no sanction. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

Our Constitution gives to bigotry no sanction.


Quote: 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. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

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.


Quote: Let no one go hungry away. If any of the kind of people should be in want of corn, supply their necessities, provided it does not encourage them in idleness. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

Let no one go hungry away. If any of the kind of people should be in want of corn, supply their necessities, provided it does not encourage them in idleness.


Quote: We are either a United people, or we are not. If the former, let us, in all maters of general concern act as a nation, which have national objects to promote, and a national character to support. If we are not, let us no longer act a farce by pretending to it. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

We are either a United people, or we are not. If the former, let us, in all maters of general concern act as a nation, which have national objects to promote, and a national character to support. If we are not, let us no longer act a farce by pretending to it.


Quote: System in all things should be aimed at; for in execution it renders every thing more easy. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

System in all things should be aimed at; for in execution it renders every thing more easy.


Quote: Liberty is indeed little less than a name, where the Government is too feeble to withstand the enterprises of faction, to confine each member of society within the limits prescribed by the law, and to maintain all in the secure and tranquil enjoyme. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

Liberty is indeed little less than a name, where the Government is too feeble to withstand the enterprises of faction, to confine each member of society within the limits prescribed by the law, and to maintain all in the secure and tranquil enjoyme.


Quote: But if we are to be told by a foreign Power ... what we shall do, and what we shall not do, we have Independence yet to seek, and have contended hitherto for very little. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

But if we are to be told by a foreign Power ... what we shall do, and what we shall not do, we have Independence yet to seek, and have contended hitherto for very little.


Quote: We began a contest for liberty ill provided with the means for the war, relying on our patriotism to supply the deficiency. We expected to encounter many wants and distressed we must bear the present evils and fortitude. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

We began a contest for liberty ill provided with the means for the war, relying on our patriotism to supply the deficiency. We expected to encounter many wants and distressed we must bear the present evils and fortitude.


Quote: Nothing is a greater stranger to my breast, or a sin that my soul more abhors, than that black and detestable one, ingratitude. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

Nothing is a greater stranger to my breast, or a sin that my soul more abhors, than that black and detestable one, ingratitude.


Quote: A man's intentions should be allowed in some respects to plead for his actions. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

A man's intentions should be allowed in some respects to plead for his actions.


Quote: George Washington did NOT say, I'll die on my feet before I'll live on my knees! 
There is no known source of Washington saying this. Zapata, FDR, yes; not Washington. 
I have a rundown of sources on this on my blog, Millard Fillmore's Bathtub. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

George Washington did NOT say, I'll die on my feet before I'll live on my knees!
There is no known source of Washington saying this. Zapata, FDR, yes; not Washington.
I have a rundown of sources on this on my blog, Millard Fillmore's Bathtub.


Quote: Experience has taught us that men will not adopt and carry into execution measures the best calculated for their own good without the intervention of a coercive power. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

Experience has taught us that men will not adopt and carry into execution measures the best calculated for their own good without the intervention of a coercive power.


Quote: If there was the same propensity in mankind for investigating the motives, as there is for censuring the conduct, of public characters, it would be found that the censure so freely bestowed is oftentimes unmerited and uncharitable. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

If there was the same propensity in mankind for investigating the motives, as there is for censuring the conduct, of public characters, it would be found that the censure so freely bestowed is oftentimes unmerited and uncharitable.


Quote: A lottery is the perfect tax...laid only upon the willing. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

A lottery is the perfect tax...laid only upon the willing.


Quote: To place any dependence upon militia, is, assuredly, resting upon a broken staff. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

To place any dependence upon militia, is, assuredly, resting upon a broken staff.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

To place any dependence upon Militia, is, assuredly, resting upon a broken staff ... If I was called upon to declare upon Oath , whether the Militia have been most serviceable or hurtful upon the whole; I should subscribe to the latter.


Quote: 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. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

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.


Quote: To secure respect to a neutral flag requires a naval force organized and ready to vindicate it from insult or aggression. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

To secure respect to a neutral flag requires a naval force organized and ready to vindicate it from insult or aggression.


Quote: The signal instances of Providential goodness which we have experienced and which have now almost crowned our labors with complete success demand from us in a peculiar manner the warmest returns of gratitude and piety to the Supreme Author of all good. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

The signal instances of Providential goodness which we have experienced and which have now almost crowned our labors with complete success demand from us in a peculiar manner the warmest returns of gratitude and piety to the Supreme Author of all good.


Quote: Patience is a noble virtue, and, when rightly exercised, does not fail of its reward. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

Patience is a noble virtue, and, when rightly exercised, does not fail of its reward.


Quote: The U.S. is a Government which to bigotry gives no sanction, to persecution no assistance. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

The U.S. is a Government which to bigotry gives no sanction, to persecution no assistance.


Quote: I consider it an indubitable mark of mean-spiritedness and pitiful vanity to court applause from the pen or tongue of man. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

I consider it an indubitable mark of mean-spiritedness and pitiful vanity to court applause from the pen or tongue of man.


Quote: When one side only of a story is heard and often repeated, the human mind becomes impressed with it insensibly. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

When one side only of a story is heard and often repeated, the human mind becomes impressed with it insensibly.


Quote: Undertake not what you cannot perform, but be careful to keep your promise. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

Undertake not what you cannot perform, but be careful to keep your promise.


Quote: Purity of morals is the only sure foundation of public happiness in any country. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

Purity of morals is the only sure foundation of public happiness in any country.


Quote: The scheme, my dear Marqs. which you propose as a precedent, to encourage the emancipation of the black people of this Country from that state of Bondage in wch. they are held, is a striking evidence of the benevolence of your Heart. I shall be happy to join you in so laudable a work. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of George Washington quote: The scheme, my dear Marqs. which you propose as a precedent, to encourage the emancipation of the black people of this Country from that state of Bondage in wch. they are held, is a striking evidence of the benevolence of your Heart. I shall be happy to join you in so laudable a work.- black text on quotes background

The scheme, my dear Marqs. which you propose as a precedent, to encourage the emancipation of the black people of this Country from that state of Bondage in wch. they are held, is a striking evidence of the benevolence of your Heart. I shall be happy to join you in so laudable a work.


Quote: As the first of every thing, in our situation will serve to establish a Precedent, it is devoutly wished on my part, that these precedents may be fixed on true principles. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

As the first of every thing, in our situation will serve to establish a Precedent, it is devoutly wished on my part, that these precedents may be fixed on true principles.


Quote: Our conflict is not likely to cease so soon as every good man would wish. The measure of iniquity is not yet filled; and unless we can return a little more to first principles, and act a little more upon patriotic ground, I do not know when it will. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

Our conflict is not likely to cease so soon as every good man would wish. The measure of iniquity is not yet filled; and unless we can return a little more to first principles, and act a little more upon patriotic ground, I do not know when it will.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Our conflict is not likely to cease so soon as every good man would wish. The measure of iniquity is not yet filled; and unless we can return a little more to first principles, and act a little more upon patriotic ground, I do not know when it will-or-what may be the issue of the contest. Speculation-peculation-engrossing-forestalling-with all their concomitants, afford too many melancholy proofs of the decay of public virtue; and too glaring instances of its being the interest and desire of too many, who would wish to be thought friends, to continue the war.


Quote: The pure and benign light of revelation has had a meliorating influence on mankind. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

The pure and benign light of revelation has had a meliorating influence on mankind.


Quote: It is ... the citizens choice, and depends upon their conduct, whether they will be respectable and prosperous, or contemptable and miserable as a Nation. This is the time of their political probation; this is the moment when the eyes of the World are turned upon them. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of George Washington quote; white text on black background

It is ... the citizens choice, and depends upon their conduct, whether they will be respectable and prosperous, or contemptable and miserable as a Nation. This is the time of their political probation; this is the moment when the eyes of the World are turned upon them.


Quote: Even respectable characters speak of a monarchical form of government without horror. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

Even respectable characters speak of a monarchical form of government without horror.


Quote: There is no restraining men's tongues or pens when charged with a little vanity. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

There is no restraining men's tongues or pens when charged with a little vanity.




Quote: I never say anything of a man that I have the smallest scruple of saying to him. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

I never say anything of a man that I have the smallest scruple of saying to him.




Quote: Death...the abyss from where no traveler is permitted to return. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

Death...the abyss from where no traveler is permitted to return.


Quote: The last official act of any government is to loot the treasury. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

The last official act of any government is to loot the treasury.


Quote: Uniformity in the currency, weights, and measures of the United States is an object of great importance, and will, I am persuaded, be duly attended to. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

Uniformity in the currency, weights, and measures of the United States is an object of great importance, and will, I am persuaded, be duly attended to.


Quote: Without virtue, and without integrity, the finest talents and the most brilliant accomplishments can never gain the respect, and conciliate the esteem, of the truly valuable part of mankind. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

Without virtue, and without integrity, the finest talents and the most brilliant accomplishments can never gain the respect, and conciliate the esteem, of the truly valuable part of mankind.


Quote: It's wonderful what we can do if we're always doing. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

It's wonderful what we can do if we're always doing.


Quote: Peace with all the world is my sincere wish. I am sure it is our true policy, and am persuaded it is the ardent desire of the government. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

Peace with all the world is my sincere wish. I am sure it is our true policy, and am persuaded it is the ardent desire of the government.


Quote: Unhappy it is, though, to reflect that a brother's sword has been sheathed in a brother's breast and that the once-happy plains of America are either to be drenched with blood or inhabited by slaves. Sad alternative! But can a virtuous man hesitate in his choice? by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

Unhappy it is, though, to reflect that a brother's sword has been sheathed in a brother's breast and that the once-happy plains of America are either to be drenched with blood or inhabited by slaves. Sad alternative! But can a virtuous man hesitate in his choice?


Quote: It is yet to be decided whether the Revolution must ultimately be considered as a blessing or a curse: a blessing or a curse, not to the present age alone, for with our fate will the destiny of unborn millions be involved. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

It is yet to be decided whether the Revolution must ultimately be considered as a blessing or a curse: a blessing or a curse, not to the present age alone, for with our fate will the destiny of unborn millions be involved.


Quote: Human rights can only be assured among a virtuous people. The general government ... can never be in danger of degenerating into a monarchy, an oligarchy, an aristocracy, or any despotic or oppresive form so long as there is any virtue in the body of the people. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

Human rights can only be assured among a virtuous people. The general government ... can never be in danger of degenerating into a monarchy, an oligarchy, an aristocracy, or any despotic or oppresive form so long as there is any virtue in the body of the people.


Quote: The liberty enjoyed by the people of these states of worshiping Almighty God agreebly to their conscience, is not only among the choicest of their blessings, but also of their rights. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

The liberty enjoyed by the people of these states of worshiping Almighty God agreebly to their conscience, is not only among the choicest of their blessings, but also of their rights.


Quote: Diffidence in an officer is a good mark because he will always endeavor to bring himself up to what he conceives to be the full line of his duty. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

Diffidence in an officer is a good mark because he will always endeavor to bring himself up to what he conceives to be the full line of his duty.


Quote: Three things prompt men to a regular discharge of their duty in time of action: natural bravery, hope of reward, and fear of punishment. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

Three things prompt men to a regular discharge of their duty in time of action: natural bravery, hope of reward, and fear of punishment.


Quote: No measure can be more desirable, whether viewed with an eye to its intrinsic importance, or to the general sentiment and wish of the Nation than to establish a systematic and effectual arrangement for the regular redemption and discharge of the public debt. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

No measure can be more desirable, whether viewed with an eye to its intrinsic importance, or to the general sentiment and wish of the Nation than to establish a systematic and effectual arrangement for the regular redemption and discharge of the public debt.


Quote: The situation of the general government, if it can be called a government, is shaken to its foundation, and liable to be overturned by every blast. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

The situation of the general government, if it can be called a government, is shaken to its foundation, and liable to be overturned by every blast.


Quote: Being no bigot myself, I am disposed to indulge the professors of Christianity in the church that road to heaven which to them shall seem the most direct, plainest, easiest and least liable to exception. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

Being no bigot myself, I am disposed to indulge the professors of Christianity in the church that road to heaven which to them shall seem the most direct, plainest, easiest and least liable to exception.


Quote: Let me ask you, sir, when is the time for brave men to exert themselves in the cause of liberty and their country, if this is not? by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

Let me ask you, sir, when is the time for brave men to exert themselves in the cause of liberty and their country, if this is not?




Quote: A people contending for life and liberty are seldom disposed to look with a favorable eye upon either men or measures whose passions, interests or consequences will clash with those inestimable objects. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

A people contending for life and liberty are seldom disposed to look with a favorable eye upon either men or measures whose passions, interests or consequences will clash with those inestimable objects.


Quote: To anticipate and prevent disasterous contingencies would be the part of wisdom and patriotism. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

To anticipate and prevent disasterous contingencies would be the part of wisdom and patriotism.


Quote: Integrity and firmness is all I can promise; these, be the voyage long or short, never shall forsake me though I be deserted by all men. For of the consolations which are to be derived from these (under any circumstances) the world cannot deprive me. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

Integrity and firmness is all I can promise; these, be the voyage long or short, never shall forsake me though I be deserted by all men. For of the consolations which are to be derived from these (under any circumstances) the world cannot deprive me.


Quote: Let your conversation be without malice or envy, for it is a sign of a tractable and commendable nature; and in all cases of passion admit reason to govern. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

Let your conversation be without malice or envy, for it is a sign of a tractable and commendable nature; and in all cases of passion admit reason to govern.




Quote: 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. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

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.


Quote: The friendship I have conceived will not be impaired by absence; but it may be no unpleasing circumstance to brighten the chain by a renewal of the covenant. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

The friendship I have conceived will not be impaired by absence; but it may be no unpleasing circumstance to brighten the chain by a renewal of the covenant.


Quote: To the efficacy and permanency of your union a government for the whole is indispensable. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

To the efficacy and permanency of your union a government for the whole is indispensable.


Quote: We should amuse our evening hours of life in cultivating the tender plants, and bringing them to perfection, before they are transplanted to a happier clime. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

We should amuse our evening hours of life in cultivating the tender plants, and bringing them to perfection, before they are transplanted to a happier clime.


Quote: 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. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

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.


Quote: The value of liberty was thus enhanced in our estimation by the difficulty of its attainment, and the worth of characters appreciated by the trial of adversity. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

The value of liberty was thus enhanced in our estimation by the difficulty of its attainment, and the worth of characters appreciated by the trial of adversity.


Quote: Nothing is too extravagant to expect from men who conceive they are ungratefully and unjustly dealt by. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

Nothing is too extravagant to expect from men who conceive they are ungratefully and unjustly dealt by.


Quote: The executive branch of this government never has, nor will suffer, while I preside, any improper conduct of its officers to escape with impunity. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

The executive branch of this government never has, nor will suffer, while I preside, any improper conduct of its officers to escape with impunity.


Quote: To constitute a dispute there must be two parties. To understand it well, both parties and all the circumstances must be fully heard; and to accommodate the differences, temper and mutual forbearance are requisite. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

To constitute a dispute there must be two parties. To understand it well, both parties and all the circumstances must be fully heard; and to accommodate the differences, temper and mutual forbearance are requisite.


Quote: 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. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

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.


Quote: To encourage literature and the arts is a duty which every good citizen owes to his country. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

To encourage literature and the arts is a duty which every good citizen owes to his country.


Quote: All see, and most admire, the glare which hovers round the external happiness of elevated office. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

All see, and most admire, the glare which hovers round the external happiness of elevated office.


Quote: A bad war is fought with a good mind. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

A bad war is fought with a good mind.




Quote: The States separately have very inadequate ideas of the present danger. Party disputes and personal quarrels are the great business of the day, whilst the concerns of the nation are secondary. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

The States separately have very inadequate ideas of the present danger. Party disputes and personal quarrels are the great business of the day, whilst the concerns of the nation are secondary.


Quote: My ardent desire is, and my aim has been, to comply strictly with all our engagements, foreign and domestic, but to keep the United States free from political connections with every other country; to see that they may be independent of all and under the influence of none. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of George Washington quote; white text on black background

My ardent desire is, and my aim has been, to comply strictly with all our engagements, foreign and domestic, but to keep the United States free from political connections with every other country; to see that they may be independent of all and under the influence of none.






Quote: Do not let anyone claim tribute of American patriotism if they even attempt to remove religion from politics. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

Do not let anyone claim tribute of American patriotism if they even attempt to remove religion from politics.


Quote: I never mean, unless some particular circumstances should compel it, to possess another slave by purchase, it being among my first wishes to see some plan adopted, by which slavery in this country may be abolished by law. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

I never mean, unless some particular circumstances should compel it, to possess another slave by purchase, it being among my first wishes to see some plan adopted, by which slavery in this country may be abolished by law.




Quote: There is no practice more dangerous than that of borrowing money. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

There is no practice more dangerous than that of borrowing money.


Quote: 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. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

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.


Quote: The liberality of sentiment toward each other, which marks every political and religious denomination of men in this country, stands unparalleled in the history of nations. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

The liberality of sentiment toward each other, which marks every political and religious denomination of men in this country, stands unparalleled in the history of nations.




Quote: It is much easier at all times to prevent an evil than to rectify mistakes. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

It is much easier at all times to prevent an evil than to rectify mistakes.


Quote: I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandman's cares. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandman's cares.


Quote: Do not conceive that fine clothes make fine men any more than fine feathers make fine birds. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

Do not conceive that fine clothes make fine men any more than fine feathers make fine birds.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Do not conceive that fine Clothes make fine Men, any more than fine feathers make fine Birds. A plain genteel dress is more admired and obtains more credit than lace and embroidery in the Eyes of the judicious and sensible.


Quote: The very idea of the power and the right of the people to establish government presupposes the duty of every individual to obey the established government. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

The very idea of the power and the right of the people to establish government presupposes the duty of every individual to obey the established government.


Quote: The nation which indulges towards another an habitual hatred, or an habitual fondness, is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to its animosity or to its affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its interest. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

The nation which indulges towards another an habitual hatred, or an habitual fondness, is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to its animosity or to its affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its interest.


Quote: There can be no greater error than to expect, or calculate, upon real favors from nation to nation. It is an illusion which experience must cure, which a just pride ought to discard. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

There can be no greater error than to expect, or calculate, upon real favors from nation to nation. It is an illusion which experience must cure, which a just pride ought to discard.


Quote: The United States of America should have a foundation free from the influence of clergy. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

The United States of America should have a foundation free from the influence of clergy.


Quote: I am for free commerce with all nations; political connection with none; and little or no diplomatic establishment. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

I am for free commerce with all nations; political connection with none; and little or no diplomatic establishment.


Quote: No morn ever dawned more favorable than ours did; and no day was every more clouded than the present! Wisdom, and good examples are necessary at this time to rescue the political machine from the impending storm. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

No morn ever dawned more favorable than ours did; and no day was every more clouded than the present! Wisdom, and good examples are necessary at this time to rescue the political machine from the impending storm.


Quote: The foundation of a great Empire is laid, and I please myself with a persuasion, that Providence will not leave its work imperfect. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

The foundation of a great Empire is laid, and I please myself with a persuasion, that Providence will not leave its work imperfect.


Quote: Father I cannot tell a lie. I did it with my little hatchet. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

Father I cannot tell a lie. I did it with my little hatchet.


Quote: In the appointments to the great offices of the government, my aim has been to combine geographical situation, and sometimes other considerations, with abilities and fitness of known characters. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

In the appointments to the great offices of the government, my aim has been to combine geographical situation, and sometimes other considerations, with abilities and fitness of known characters.


Quote: It is an old adage that honesty is the best policy-this applies to public as well as private life-to States as well as individuals. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

It is an old adage that honesty is the best policy-this applies to public as well as private life-to States as well as individuals.


Quote: 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. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

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.


Quote: The foundation of our national policy will be laid in the pure and immutable principle of private morality. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

The foundation of our national policy will be laid in the pure and immutable principle of private morality.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The foundations of our national policy will be laid in the pure and immutable principles of private morality, and the preeminence of free government be exemplified by all the attributes which can win the affections of its citizens, and command the respect of the world.


Quote: The Independence and Liberty you possess are the work of joint councils and joint efforts, of common dangers, sufferings and successes. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

The Independence and Liberty you possess are the work of joint councils and joint efforts, of common dangers, sufferings and successes.


Quote: A pack of jackasses led by a lion is superior to a pack of lions led by a jackass. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

A pack of jackasses led by a lion is superior to a pack of lions led by a jackass.


Quote: We had quitters during the Revolution too...we called them 'Kentuckians.' by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

We had quitters during the Revolution too...we called them 'Kentuckians.'


Quote: The harder the conflict, the greater the triumph. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

The harder the conflict, the greater the triumph.


Quote: A half-starved limping government, always moving upon crutches and tottering at every step. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

A half-starved limping government, always moving upon crutches and tottering at every step.


Quote: Let me live according to those holy rules which Thou hast this day prescribed in Thy Holy Word...direct me to the true object, Jesus Christ, the way, the truth, and the life. Bless, O Lord, all the people of this land. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

Let me live according to those holy rules which Thou hast this day prescribed in Thy Holy Word...direct me to the true object, Jesus Christ, the way, the truth, and the life. Bless, O Lord, all the people of this land.


Quote: The tumultuous populace of large cities are ever to be dreaded. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

The tumultuous populace of large cities are ever to be dreaded.


Quote: Serious misfortunes, originating in misrepresentation, frequently flow and spread before they can be dissipated by truth. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

Serious misfortunes, originating in misrepresentation, frequently flow and spread before they can be dissipated by truth.


Quote: The arrows of malevolence ... however barbed and well pointed, never can reach the most vulnerable part of me; though, whilst I am up as a mark, they will be continually aimed. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

The arrows of malevolence ... however barbed and well pointed, never can reach the most vulnerable part of me; though, whilst I am up as a mark, they will be continually aimed.


Quote: My brave fellows, let no sensation of satisfaction for the triumphs you have gained induce you to insult your fallen enemy. Let no shouting, no clamorous huzzaing increase their mortification. It is sufficient for us that we witness their humiliation. Posterity will huzza for us. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of George Washington quote; white text on black background

My brave fellows, let no sensation of satisfaction for the triumphs you have gained induce you to insult your fallen enemy. Let no shouting, no clamorous huzzaing increase their mortification. It is sufficient for us that we witness their humiliation. Posterity will huzza for us.


Quote: I dare say the men would fight very well if properly officered, although they are an exceedingly dirty and nasty people. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

I dare say the men would fight very well if properly officered, although they are an exceedingly dirty and nasty people.


Quote: The whole duty of man is summed up in obedience to God's will. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

The whole duty of man is summed up in obedience to God's will.


Quote: Almighty and eternal Lord God, the great Creator of heaven and earth, and the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ; look down from heaven in pity and compassion upon me thy servant, who humbly prostrate myself before thee. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

Almighty and eternal Lord God, the great Creator of heaven and earth, and the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ; look down from heaven in pity and compassion upon me thy servant, who humbly prostrate myself before thee.


Quote: Laws or ordinances unobserved, or partially attended to, had better never have been made. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

Laws or ordinances unobserved, or partially attended to, had better never have been made.


Quote: When in company, put not your hands to any part of the body, not usually discovered. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

When in company, put not your hands to any part of the body, not usually discovered.


Quote: It is absolutely necessary... for me to have persons that can think for me, as well as execute orders. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

It is absolutely necessary... for me to have persons that can think for me, as well as execute orders.




Quote: The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism.


Quote: I had rather be in my grave than in my present situation, I had rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world; and yet they charge me with wanting to be a king. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

I had rather be in my grave than in my present situation, I had rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world; and yet they charge me with wanting to be a king.


Quote: I go to the chair of government with feelings not unlike those of a culprit who is going to the place of his execution. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

I go to the chair of government with feelings not unlike those of a culprit who is going to the place of his execution.


Quote: In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars.


Quote: In executing the duties of my present important station, I can promise nothing but purity of intentions, and, in carrying these into effect, fidelity and diligence. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

In executing the duties of my present important station, I can promise nothing but purity of intentions, and, in carrying these into effect, fidelity and diligence.


Quote: It is with pleasure I receive reproof, when reproof is due, because no person can be readier to accuse me, than I am to acknowledge an error, when I am guilty of one; nor more desirous of atoning for a crime, when I am sensible of having committed it. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

It is with pleasure I receive reproof, when reproof is due, because no person can be readier to accuse me, than I am to acknowledge an error, when I am guilty of one; nor more desirous of atoning for a crime, when I am sensible of having committed it.


Quote: But if the laws are to be so trampled upon with impunity, and a minority is to dictate to the majority, there is an end put at one stroke to republican government, and nothing but anarchy and confusion is to be expected thereafter. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

But if the laws are to be so trampled upon with impunity, and a minority is to dictate to the majority, there is an end put at one stroke to republican government, and nothing but anarchy and confusion is to be expected thereafter.




Quote: In a free and republican government, you cannot restrain the voice of the multitude. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

In a free and republican government, you cannot restrain the voice of the multitude.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

In a free and republican government, you cannot restrain the voice of the multitude. Every man will speak as he thinks, or, more properly, without thinking, and consequently will judge of effects without attending to their causes.


Quote: We should on all Occasions avoid a general Action, or put anything to the Risque, unless compelled by a necessity, into which we ought never to be drawn. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

We should on all Occasions avoid a general Action, or put anything to the Risque, unless compelled by a necessity, into which we ought never to be drawn.




Quote: Precedents are dangerous things; let the reins of government then be braced and held with a steady hand, and every violation of the Constitution be reprehended: If defective let it be amended, but not suffered to be trampled upon whilst it has an existence. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

Precedents are dangerous things; let the reins of government then be braced and held with a steady hand, and every violation of the Constitution be reprehended: If defective let it be amended, but not suffered to be trampled upon whilst it has an existence.


Quote: In a word, if this country can steer clear of European politics, stand firm on its bottom, and be wise and temperate in its government, it bids fair to be one of the greatest and happiest nations in the world. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

In a word, if this country can steer clear of European politics, stand firm on its bottom, and be wise and temperate in its government, it bids fair to be one of the greatest and happiest nations in the world.


Quote: No taxes can be devised which are not more or less inconvenient and unpleasant. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

No taxes can be devised which are not more or less inconvenient and unpleasant.


Quote: There was not a member of the Constitutional Convention who had the least objection to what is contended for by the advocates for a Bill of Rights and trial by jury. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

There was not a member of the Constitutional Convention who had the least objection to what is contended for by the advocates for a Bill of Rights and trial by jury.


Quote: Thirteen sovereignties pulling against each other and all tugging at the federal head, will soon bring ruin on the whole. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

Thirteen sovereignties pulling against each other and all tugging at the federal head, will soon bring ruin on the whole.




Quote: It follows then as certain as that night succeeds the day, that without a decisive naval force we can do nothing definitive, and with it, everything honorable and glorious. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

It follows then as certain as that night succeeds the day, that without a decisive naval force we can do nothing definitive, and with it, everything honorable and glorious.


Quote: I was summoned by my Country, whose voice I can never hear but with veneration and love. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

I was summoned by my Country, whose voice I can never hear but with veneration and love.


Quote: I consider it an indispensible duty to close this last solemn act of my official life by commending the interests of our dearest country to the protection of Almighty God and those who have the superintendence of them into his Holy keeping. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

I consider it an indispensible duty to close this last solemn act of my official life by commending the interests of our dearest country to the protection of Almighty God and those who have the superintendence of them into his Holy keeping.


Quote: If ever again our nation stumbles upon unfunded paper, it shall surely be like death to our body politic. This country will crash. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

If ever again our nation stumbles upon unfunded paper, it shall surely be like death to our body politic. This country will crash.


Quote: Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony and irreconcilable hatreds than those which spring from any other cause. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony and irreconcilable hatreds than those which spring from any other cause.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony and irreconcilable hatreds than those which spring from any other cause: And I was not without hopes that the enlightened and liberal policy of ⟨the present⟩ age would have put an effectual stop to contentions of this Kind.


Quote: May Heaven to this Union continue its beneficence. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

May Heaven to this Union continue its beneficence.


Quote: 99% of failures come from people who make excuses. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

99% of failures come from people who make excuses.


Quote: I am just going. Have me decently buried; and do not let my body be put into the Vault in less than three days after I am dead.... Tis well. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

I am just going. Have me decently buried; and do not let my body be put into the Vault in less than three days after I am dead.... Tis well.


Quote: Rise early, that by habit it may become familiar, agreeable, healthy, and profitable. It may, for a while, be irksome to do this, but that will wear off; and the practice will produce a rich harvest forever thereafter; whether in public or private walks of life. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

Rise early, that by habit it may become familiar, agreeable, healthy, and profitable. It may, for a while, be irksome to do this, but that will wear off; and the practice will produce a rich harvest forever thereafter; whether in public or private walks of life.


Quote: I never have to grope for methods. The method is revealed at the moment I am inspired to create something new. Without God to draw aside the curtain I would be helpless. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

I never have to grope for methods. The method is revealed at the moment I am inspired to create something new. Without God to draw aside the curtain I would be helpless.


Quote: Let us impart all the blessings we possess, or ask for ourselves, to the whole family of mankind. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

Let us impart all the blessings we possess, or ask for ourselves, to the whole family of mankind.


Quote: The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army. We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer or die. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army. We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer or die.


Quote: I am not only retired from all public employments, but I am retiring within myself, and shall be able to view the solitary walk and tread the paths of private life with heartfelt satisfaction. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

I am not only retired from all public employments, but I am retiring within myself, and shall be able to view the solitary walk and tread the paths of private life with heartfelt satisfaction.


Quote: Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence, (I conjure you to believe me fellow citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of Republican Government. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of George Washington quote; white text on black background

Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence, (I conjure you to believe me fellow citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of Republican Government.


Quote: History and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

History and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government.


Quote: Freemasonry is an institution founded on eternal reason and truth; whose deep basis is the civilization of mankind, and whose everlasting glory it is to have the immovable support of those two mighty pillars, science and morality. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

Freemasonry is an institution founded on eternal reason and truth; whose deep basis is the civilization of mankind, and whose everlasting glory it is to have the immovable support of those two mighty pillars, science and morality.




Quote: Freemasonry is an order whose leading star is philanthropy and whose principles inculcate an unceasing devotion to the cause of virtue and morality. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

Freemasonry is an order whose leading star is philanthropy and whose principles inculcate an unceasing devotion to the cause of virtue and morality.


Quote: Men of real talents in Arms have commonly approved themselves patrons of the liberal arts and friends to the poets, of their own as well as former times. In some instances by acting reciprocally, heroes have made poets, and poets heroes. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

Men of real talents in Arms have commonly approved themselves patrons of the liberal arts and friends to the poets, of their own as well as former times. In some instances by acting reciprocally, heroes have made poets, and poets heroes.


Quote: Example, whether it be good or bad, has a powerful influence. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

Example, whether it be good or bad, has a powerful influence.




Quote: 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. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of George Washington quote: 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.- black text on quotes background

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.


Quote: It is the child of avarice, the brother of iniquity, and the father of mischief. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

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




Quote: It will be worthy of a free, enlightened, and, at no distant period, a great nation, to give to mankind the magnanimous and too novel example of a people always guided by an exalted justice and benevolence. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

It will be worthy of a free, enlightened, and, at no distant period, a great nation, to give to mankind the magnanimous and too novel example of a people always guided by an exalted justice and benevolence.


Quote: There is an indissoluble union between a magnanimous policy and the solid rewards of public prosperity and felicity. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

There is an indissoluble union between a magnanimous policy and the solid rewards of public prosperity and felicity.


Quote: I have the consolation to believe, that, while choice and prudence invite me to quit the political scene, patriotism does not forbid it. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

I have the consolation to believe, that, while choice and prudence invite me to quit the political scene, patriotism does not forbid it.




Quote: Harmony, liberal intercourse with all nations, are recommended by policy, humanity, and interest. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

Harmony, liberal intercourse with all nations, are recommended by policy, humanity, and interest.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Harmony, liberal intercourse with all Nations, are recommended by policy, humanity and interest. But even our Commercial policy should hold an equal and impartial hand: neither seeking nor granting exclusive favours or preferences; consulting the natural course of things; diffusing and diversifying by gentle means the streams of Commerce, but forcing nothing; establishing with Powers so disposed; in order to give trade a stable course.


Quote: To stand well in the estimation of one's country is a happiness that no rational creature can be insensible of. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

To stand well in the estimation of one's country is a happiness that no rational creature can be insensible of.


Quote: To form a new Government, requires infinite care, and unbounded attention; for if the foundation is badly laid the superstructure must be bad. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

To form a new Government, requires infinite care, and unbounded attention; for if the foundation is badly laid the superstructure must be bad.




Quote: The benefit arising from moderate use of strong Liquor have been experienced in all Armies, and are not to be disputed. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

The benefit arising from moderate use of strong Liquor have been experienced in all Armies, and are not to be disputed.




Quote: The true distinction ... between what is called a fine Regiment, and an indifferent one will ever, upon investigation, be found to originate in, and depend upon the care, or the inattention, of the Officers belonging to them. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

The true distinction ... between what is called a fine Regiment, and an indifferent one will ever, upon investigation, be found to originate in, and depend upon the care, or the inattention, of the Officers belonging to them.


Quote: It would be peculiarly improper to omit in this first official act my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being Who rules over the universe, Who presides in the councils of nations, and Whose providential aids can supply every human defect. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

It would be peculiarly improper to omit in this first official act my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being Who rules over the universe, Who presides in the councils of nations, and Whose providential aids can supply every human defect.




Quote: My own remedy is always to eat, just before I step into bed, a hot roasted onion, if I have a cold. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

My own remedy is always to eat, just before I step into bed, a hot roasted onion, if I have a cold.


Quote: My manner of living is plain and I do not mean to be put out of it. A glass of wine and a bit of mutton are always ready. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

My manner of living is plain and I do not mean to be put out of it. A glass of wine and a bit of mutton are always ready.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

My manner of living is plain. I do not mean to be put out of it. A glass of wine and a bit of mutton are always ready; and such as will be content to partake of them are always welcome. Those, who expect more, will be disappointed, but no change will be effected by it.


Quote: One of the expedients of party to acquire influence, within particular districts, is to misrepresent the opinions and aims of other districts. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

One of the expedients of party to acquire influence, within particular districts, is to misrepresent the opinions and aims of other districts.


Quote: It is one of the evils of democratical governments, that the people, not always seeing and frequently misled, must often feel before they can act. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

It is one of the evils of democratical governments, that the people, not always seeing and frequently misled, must often feel before they can act.


Quote: A good moral character is the first essential. It is highly important not only to be learned but to be virtuous. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

A good moral character is the first essential. It is highly important not only to be learned but to be virtuous.




Quote: As a very important source of strength and security, cherish public credit. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

As a very important source of strength and security, cherish public credit.


Quote: No pecuniary consideration is more urgent, than the regular redemption and discharge of the public debt: on none can delay be more injurious, or an economy of time more valuable. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

No pecuniary consideration is more urgent, than the regular redemption and discharge of the public debt: on none can delay be more injurious, or an economy of time more valuable.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

No pecuniary consideration is more urgent, than the regular redemption and discharge of the public debt: on none can delay be more injurious, or an economy of time more valuable.

~Message to the House of Representatives, 3 December 1793.


Quote: The Army (considering the irritable state it is in, its suffering and composition) is a dangerous instrument to play with. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

The Army (considering the irritable state it is in, its suffering and composition) is a dangerous instrument to play with.


Quote: Do not spare any reasonable expense to come at early and true information; always recollecting, and bearing in mind, that vague and uncertain accounts of things are... more disturbing and dangerous than receiving none at all. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

Do not spare any reasonable expense to come at early and true information; always recollecting, and bearing in mind, that vague and uncertain accounts of things are... more disturbing and dangerous than receiving none at all.


Quote: Impressed with a conviction that the due administration of justice is the firmest pillar of good Government, I have considered the first arrangement of the Judicial department as essential to the happiness of our Country, and to the stability of its political system. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of George Washington quote; white text on black background

Impressed with a conviction that the due administration of justice is the firmest pillar of good Government, I have considered the first arrangement of the Judicial department as essential to the happiness of our Country, and to the stability of its political system.


Quote: Even the country's first president chafed at the limits placed on him by the writers of the U.S. Constitution. From the nature of the Constitution, ... I must approve all the parts of a bill, or reject it in toto. by author George Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author George Washington with quote

Even the country's first president chafed at the limits placed on him by the writers of the U.S. Constitution. From the nature of the Constitution, ... I must approve all the parts of a bill, or reject it in toto.


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