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700 Inspirational George Washington Quotes On Leadership

1. 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 appellation.


2. “War is an act of violence whose object is to constrain the enemy, to accomplish our will.”


3. “I'll die on my feet before I'll live on my knees!”


4. Have care & love for your soldiers.


5. “If to please the people, we offer what we ourselves disapprove, how can we afterwards defend our work? Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair. The rest is in the hands of God.” ~ George Washington


6. “Compared with the perils which our forefathers conquered because they believed and were not afraid, we have still much to be thankful for. Nature still offers her bounty and human efforts have multiplied it. Plenty is at our doorstep, but a generous use of it languishes in the very sight of the supply.”


7. Leaders are conscientious.


8. “I was born a heretic. I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires. Susan B. Anthony, U.S. reformer and suffragist”


9. Adhere to your purpose and you will soon feel as well as you ever did. On the contrary, if you falter, and give up, you will lose the power of keeping any resolution, and will regret it all your life.


10. “To enlarge the sphere of social happiness is worthy of the benevolent design of a Masonic institution; and it is most fervently to be wished, that the conduct of every member of the fraternity, as well as those publications, that discover the principles which actuate them, may tend to convince mankind that the grand object of Masonry is to promote the happiness of the human race." — George Washington


11. “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.”


12. “Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”


13. “There is nothing so likely to produce peace as to be well prepared to meet the enemy.” — George Washington


14. A leader needs to be able to rely on his team.


15. “The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.” ~ George Washington, George Washington quotes on government


16. “The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their Constitutions of Government.”


17. “What students would learn in American schools above all is the religion of Jesus Christ.” ~ George Washington


18. “A man ought not to value himself of his achievements or rare qualities of wit, much less of his riches, virtue or kindred.” — George Washington


19. “A special act of Congress enabled King to take his oath of office in Cuba—the only President or Vice President to be sworn in outside the United States—later in March. King returned home to Alabama in early April and died two days later, the only Vice President to never make it to the national capital during his term of office.”


20. “To encourage literature and the arts is a duty which every good citizen owes to his country.” — George Washington


21. “Harrison’s 8,400-word inaugural speech was the longest ever, while his 30-day Presidency was the shortest.”


22. “No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand which conducts the affairs of men more than the people of the United States.”


23. “In no instance have . . . the churches been guardians of the liberties of the people. James Madison, U.S. President”


24. To the distinguished character of patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian.


25. “Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for ’tis better to be alone than in bad company.”


26. Have strong principles and morals.


27. “I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, whose purposes are modeled after our own -- a God, in short, who is but a reflection of human frailty. Neither can I believe that the individual survives the death of his body, although feeble souls harbor such thoughts through fear or ridiculous egotism. Albert Einstein, German-born American physicist”


28. “No punishment, in my opinion, is to great, for the man who can build his greatness upon his country's ruin.” — George Washington


29. “Happiness depends more upon the internal frame of a person’s own mind, than on the externals in the world.” — George Washington


30. Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.


31. Don’t expect favors.


32. Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair; the rest is in the hands of God.


33. “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…” ~ George Washington


34. “We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from the past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience”. George Washington


35. “When there is no vision, there is no hope.” ~ George Washington


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


37. Maximize your strengths.


38. “One day, following the example of the United States of America, there will be a United States of Europe”.


39. Act to the best of your judgment and nothing less.


40. “Be not hasty to believe flying reports to the disparagement of any.”


41. “I was summoned by my country, whose voice I can never hear but with veneration and love.”


42. “Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.”


43. “Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone, and let your hand give in proportion to your purse.” – George Washington


44. “The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.” ~ George Washington


45. “A man ought not to value himself of his achievements or rare qualities of wit, much less of his riches, virtue or kindred.”


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


47. “One of the expedients of party to acquire influence, within particular districts, is to misrepresent the opinions and aims of other districts.” — George Washington


48. “Citizens by birth or choice of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations.” — George Washington


49. “A man’s intentions should be allowed in some respects to plead for his actions.”


50. “Associate yourself with Men of good Quality if you Esteem your own Reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad Company.” ~ George Washington


51. “You can only trust yourself and the first six Black Sabbath albums.”


52. “Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.” George Washington


53. “We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience.” – George Washington


54. “heard the bullets whistle, and, believe me, there is something charming in the sound.”


55. “System to all things is the soul of business. To execute properly and act maturely is the way to conduct it to your advantage.”


56. Practice humility, despite your accomplishments or wealth.


57. “All obstructions to the execution of the laws, all combinations and associations, under whatever plausible character, with the real design to direct, control, counteract, or awe the regular deliberation and action of the constituted authorities, are destructive of this fundamental principle, and of fatal tendency. They serve to organize faction, to give it an artificial and extraordinary force; to put, in the place of the delegated will of the nation the will of a party, often a small but artful and enterprising minority of the community; and, according to the alternate triumphs of different parties, to make the public administration the mirror of the ill-concerted and incongruous projects of faction, rather than the organ of consistent and wholesome plans digested by common counsels and modified by mutual interests.” — George Washington


58. “It is of infinite moment, that you should properly estimate the immense value of your national Union to your collective and individual happiness; that you should cherish a cordial, habitual, and immovable attachment to it; accustoming yourselves to think and speak of it as of the Palladium of your political safety and prosperity; watching for its preservation with jealous anxiety; discountenancing whatever may suggest even a suspicion, that it can in any event be abandoned; and indignantly frowning upon the first dawning of every attempt to alienate any portion of our country from the rest, or to enfeeble the sacred ties which now link together the various parts.”


59. “Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.” ~ George Washington


60. “It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it.” ~ George Washington


61. “...for happy, thrice happy, shall they be pronounced hereafter, who have contributed anything, who have performed the meanest Office, in erecting this Stupendious Fabrick of Freedom & Empire, on the broad basis of Independency; who have assisted in protecting the rights of human nature, and establishing an Asylum for the poor, and oppressed of all nations and Religions.”


62. “The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respectable stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations and Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges, if by decency and propriety of conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment.” ~ George Washington


63. “Speak not evil of the absent, for it is unjust.”


64. “Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?" Epicurus”


65. “...if Men are to be precluded from offering their Sentiments on a matter, which may involve the most serious and alarming consequences, that can invite the consideration of Mankind, reason is of no use to us; the freedom of Speech may be taken away, and dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep, to the Slaughter.” — George Washington


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


67. “... Overgrown military establishments, which, under any form of government, are inauspicious to liberty, and which are to be regarded as particularly hostile to Republican Liberty.” — George Washington


68. “The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism.” — George Washington


69. The title of leader is just a word; a true leader doesn’t need a title to lead.


70. “It is far better to be alone than to be in bad company.”


71. “It is of infinite moment, that you should properly estimate the immense value of your national Union to your collective and individual happiness; that you should cherish a cordial, habitual, and immovable attachment to it; accustoming yourselves to think and speak of it as of the Palladium of your political safety and prosperity; watching for its preservation with jealous anxiety; discountenancing whatever may suggest even a suspicion, that it can in any event be abandoned; and indignantly frowning upon the first dawning of every attempt to alienate any portion of our country from the rest, or to enfeeble the sacred ties which now link together the various parts.” — George Washington


72. “I can only say that there is not a man living who wishes more sincerely than I do to see a plan adopted for the abolition of slavery.” ~ George Washington


73. “To persevere in one's duty, and be silent is the best answer to calumny.” — George Washington


74. Remember that it is the actions, and not the commission, that make the officer, and that there is more expected from him, than the title.


75. “If Christ were here now there is one thing he would not be -- a Christian. Samuel Clemens "Mark Twain", American author and humorist”


76. “All obstructions to the execution of the laws, all combinations and associations, under whatever plausible character, with the real design to direct, control, counteract, or awe the regular deliberation and action of the constituted authorities, are destructive of this fundamental principle, and of fatal tendency. They serve to organize faction, to give it an artificial and extraordinary force; to put, in the place of the delegated will of the nation the will of a party, often a small but artful and enterprising minority of the community; and, according to the alternate triumphs of different parties, to make the public administration the mirror of the ill-concerted and incongruous projects of faction, rather than the organ of consistent and wholesome plans digested by common counsels and modified by mutual interests.”


77. “Government is not reason and it is not eloquence. It is force! Like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.”


78. “Interwoven as is the love of liberty with every ligament of your hearts, no recommendation of mine is necessary to fortify or confirm the attachment.”


79. “It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.” George Washington


80. Let us therefore animate and encourage each other, and show the whole world that a Freeman, contending for liberty on his own ground, is superior to any slavish mercenary on earth.


81. “The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves.” – George Washington


82. “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 appellation. ”


83. “I am sure that never was a people, who had more reason to acknowledge a Divine interposition in their affairs, than those of the United States; and I should be pained to believe that they have forgotten that agency, which was so often manifested during our Revolution, or that they failed to consider the omnipotence of that God who is alone able to protect them.” ~ George Washington


84. “The last official act of any government is to loot the treasury.” ~ George Washington


85. Harmony is a goal worth striving for.


86. A leader values the meaning of friendship.


87. A great leader knows the value of culture.


88. “Make sure you are doing what God wants you to do-then do it with all your strength.” ~ George Washington


89. “It is infinitely better to have a few good men than many indifferent ones.”


90. “Religion is a byproduct of fear. For much of human history, it may have been a necessary evil, but why was it more evil than necessary? Isn't killing people in the name of God a pretty good definition of insanity? Arthur C. Clarke, author”


91. “I had rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world.”


92. “The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their Constitutions of Government.” ~ George Washington


93. “Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair; the rest is in the hands of God.”


94. “The turning points of lives are not the great moments. The real crises are often concealed in occurrences so trivial in appearance that they pass unobserved.” — George Washington


95. “The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion. John Adams, U.S. President”


96. “A small knowledge of human nature will convince us, that, with far the greatest part of mankind, interest is the governing principle; and that almost every man is more or less, under its influence. Motives of public virtue may for a time, or in particular instances, actuate men to the observance of a conduct purely disinterested; but they are not of themselves sufficient to produce persevering conformity to the refined dictates and obligations of social duty. Few men are capable of making a continual sacrifice of all views of private interest, or advantage, to the common good. It is vain to exclaim against the depravity of human nature on this account; the fact is so, the experience of every age and nation has proved it and we must in a great measure, change the constitution of man, before we can make it otherwise. No institution, not built on the presumptive truth of these maxims can succeed.”


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98. “We must consult our means rather than our wishes.” ~ George Washington


99. “Do not suffer your good nature [...] to say yes when you ought to say no; remember that it is a public not a private cause that is to be injured or benefitted by your choice”


100. “Men may speculate as they will; they may talk of patriotism; they may draw a few examples from ancient story' of great achievements performed by its influence; but whoever builds upon it as a sufficient Basis for conducting a long and [bloody] War can never be supported on this principle alone. It must be aided by the prospect of Interest or some reward. For a time, it may of itself push Men to Action, to bear much, to encounter difficulties; but it will not endure unassisted by Interest.”


101. “Observe good faith and justice towards all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.” George Washington


102. “Freedom and Property Rights are inseparable. You can’t have one without the other.”


103. Be a just and fair leader.


104. “Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.” George Washington


105. “The future of this nation depends on the Christian training of our youth.” – George Washington


106. Leaders take responsibility.


107. “Some day, following the example of the United States of America, there will be a United States of Europe.” ~ George Washington


108. “Remember that it is the actions, and not the commission, that make the officer, and that there is more expected from him, than the title.“


109. “Having now finished the work assigned me, I retire from the great theatre of Action; and bidding an Affectionate farewell to this August body under whose orders I have so long acted, I here offer my Commission, and take my leave of all the employments of public life.” — George Washington


110. “If the cause is advanced, indifferent is it to me where or in what quarter it happens.” — George Washington


111. “There might, Gentlemen, be an impropriety in my taking notice, in this Address to you, of an anonymous production, but the manner in which that performance has been introduced to the army, the effect it was intended to have, together with some other circumstances, will amply justify my observations on the tendency of that Writing. With respect to the advice given by the Author, to suspect the Man, who shall recommend moderate measures and longer forbearance, I spurn it, as every Man, who regards liberty, and reveres that justice for which we contend, undoubtedly must; for if Men are to be precluded from offering their Sentiments on a matter, which may involve the most serious and alarming consequences, that can invite the consideration of Mankind, reason is of no use to us; the freedom of Speech may be taken away, and dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep, to the Slaughter.”


112. The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.


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


114. “May the Children of the Stock of Abraham, who dwell in this land, continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other Inhabitants; while every one shall sit under his own vine and fig tree, and there shall be none to make him afraid.”


115. “This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it. John Adams, U.S. President”


116. Be compassionate in everything that you do.


117. “I shall expect you will confine yourself to your studies; and diligently attend to them; endeavouring to make yourself master of whatever is recommended to, or required of you. ?. the hours allotted for… George Washington


118. “The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respectable Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations And Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges, if by decency and propriety of conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment.” — George Washington


119. “I rejoice in a belief that intellectual light will spring up in the dark corners of the earth; that freedom of inquiry will produce liberality of conduct; that mankind will reverse the absurd position that the many were made for the few.”


120. “Hence, likewise, they will avoid the necessity of those overgrown military establishments, which, under any form of government, are inauspicious to liberty, and which are to be regarded as particularly hostile to Republican Liberty. In this sense it is, that your Union ought to be considered as a main prop of your liberty, and that the love of the one ought to endear to you the preservation of the other.”


121. “Of Congress, "party disputes and personal quarrels are the great business of the day whilst the momentous concerns of an empire...are but secondary considerations," that "business of a trifling nature and personal concernment withdraws their attention from matters of great national moment.”


122. “Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.”


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


124. “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…”


125. “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.” ~ George Washington


126. “Occupants of public offices love power and are prone to abuse it.” ~ George Washington


127. Being Set at meat Scratch not, neither Spit, Cough, or blow your Nose except there's a Necessity for it.


128. “But lest some unlucky event should happen unfavorable to my reputation, I beg it may be remembered by every gentleman in the room that I, this day, declare with the utmost sincerity, I do not think myself equal to the command I am honored with.”


129. “A man ought not to value himself of his achievements or rare qualities of wit, much less of his riches, virtue or kindred.” ~ George Washington


130. “The harder the conflict, the greater the triumph.” — George Washington


131. “Perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages.” ~ George Washington


132. “If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” ~ George Washington


133. “Real men despise battle, but will never run from it.” ~ George Washington


134. “Men may speculate as they will; they may talk of patriotism; they may draw a few examples from ancient story, of great achievements performed by its influence; but whoever builds upon it, as a sufficient Basis for conducting a long and bloody War, will find themselves deceived in the end. We must take the passions of Men as Nature has given them, and those principles as a guide which are generally the rule of Action. I do not mean to exclude altogether the Idea of Patriotism. I know it exists, and i know it has done much in the present Contest. But I will venture to assert, that 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. For a time, it may, of itself push Men to Action; to bear much, to encounter difficulties; but it will not endure unassisted by Interest.”


135. “I heard the bullets whistle, and, believe me, there is something charming in the sound.” ~ George Washington


136. “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent, we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”


137. “If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” — George Washington


138. “The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respectable Stranger but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations And Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges…” ~ George Washington


139. “A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends.” ~ George Washington


140. “The future of this nation depends on the Christian training of our youth.” ~ George Washington


141. “Honesty is always the best policy.”


142. “It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.” ~ George Washington


143. “It may be laid down as a primary position, and the basis of our system, that every citizen who enjoys the protection of a free government owes not only a proportion of his property, but even of his personal services to the defense of it.”


144. “99% of failures come from people who make excuses.”


145. The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves.


146. “With a noontime temperature of 55o, January 20, 1981 (Reagan’s first inaugural) was the warmest on record.”


147. “We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience.” ~ George Washington


148. “Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.” – George Washington


149. “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.” — George Washington


150. “The chief duty of the National Government in connection with the currency of the country is to coin money and declare its value. Grave doubts have been entertained whether Congress is authorized by the Constitution to make any form of paper money legal tender. The present issue of United States notes has been sustained by the necessities of war; but such paper should depend for its value and currency upon its convenience in use and its prompt redemption in coin at the will of the holder, and not upon its compulsory circulation. These notes are not money, but promises to pay money.”


151. “I had always hoped that this land might become a safe and agreeable asylum to the virtuous and persecuted part of mankind, to whatever nation they might belong.”


152. Honesty and integrity are virtues worth working towards.


153. My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. — George Washington


154. The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves. — George Washington


155. “A hundred thousand men, coming one after another, cannot move a Ton weight; but the united strength of 50 would transport it with ease.”


156. “Some day, following the example of the United States of America, there will be a United States of Europe.”


157. “Harmony, liberal intercourse with all nations, are recommended by policy, humanity, and interest.” — George Washington


158. “It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.” — George Washington


159. “Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.” ~ George Washington Quotes


160. “Laws made by common consent must not be trampled on by individuals.” ~ George Washington


161. “Be not glad at the misfortune of another, though he may be your enemy.” ~ George Washington


162. “Gentlemen, you will permit me to put on my spectacles, for, I have grown not only gray, but almost blind in the service of my country.


163. Make sure you are doing what God wants you to do – then do it with all your strength.


164. “Saya harap, saya selalu memiliki cukup keteguhan dan cukup kebajikan untuk memelihara gelar yang saya anggap paling mengagumkan, yaitu watak sebagai orang jujur.”


165. “I hope, some day or another, we shall become a storehouse and granary for the world.” ~ George Washington


166. “It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people, that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights. For happily the government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction - to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens.”


167. “We have abundant reason to rejoice, that, in this land, the light of truth and reason has triumphed over the power of bigotry and superstition, and that every person may here worship God according to the dictates of his own heart. In this enlightened age, & in this land of equal liberty, it is our boast, that a man's religious tenets will not forfeit the protection of the laws, nor deprive him of the right of attaining & holding the highest offices that are known in the United States.


168. “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.”


169. “Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.” ~ George Washington


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


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


172. “Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.” — George Washington


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


174. “Heroes have made poets, and poets’ heroes.” George Washington


175. “Nixon became the first (and to date, only) former Vice President to be elected President (every other Vice President who moved into the Presidency either succeeded upon his predecessor’s death, or won election directly from the Vice Presidency).”


176. Create a set of rules.


177. “90. Being Set at meat Scratch not, neither Spit, Cough, or blow your Nose except there's a Necessity for it.”


178. “Arbitrary power [tyranny, dictatorship] is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness [lawlessness, anarchy]." — George Washington”


179. “A very troublesome species of property"


180. “A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well-digested plan is requisite; and their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories as tend to render them independent of others for essential, particularly military, supplies.”


181. “To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.”


182. “The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the republican model of government, are justly considered deeply, perhaps as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.” – George Washington


183. “I hold the maxim no less applicable to public than to private affairs, that honesty is always the best policy.” — George Washington


184. “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.” ~ George Washington


185. “One of the expedients of party to acquire influence, within particular districts, is to misrepresent the opinions and aims of other districts.” ~ George Washington


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


187. “The truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.”


188. Cool headed discussion often trumps passionate disagreement.


189. “Strive not with your superiors in argument, but always submit your judgment to others with modesty.” — George Washington


190. “Envious of none, I am determined to be pleased with all, and this, my dear friend, being the order for my march, I will move gently down the stream of life until I sleep with my fathers.”


191. “Citizens by birth or choice of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations.”


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


193. “To the distinguished character of patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian”


194. “Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.” — George Washington


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


196. “Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains taken to bring it to light.” ~ George Washington


197. “Where are our Men of abilities? Why do they not come forth to save their Country?”


198. “Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.” — George Washington


199. If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.


200. “You say there is but one way to worship the Great Spirit. If there is but one religion, why do you white people differ so much about it? Chief Red Jacket, Seneca Indian Chieftain”


201. “Make sure you are doing what God wants you to do–then do it with all your strength.


202. Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone, and let your hand give in proportion to your purse.


203. “Real men despise battle, but will never run from it.” — George Washington


204. “It's better to live alone than to live in bad company.” — George Washington


205. “Having now finished the work assigned me, I retire from the great theatre of Action; and bidding an Affectionate farewell to this August body under whose orders I have so long acted, I here offer my Commission, and take my leave of all the employments of public life. (Address to Congress on Resigning Commission Dec 23, 1783)”


206. “The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves.” ~ George Washington


207. “Strive not with your superiors in argument, but always submit your judgment to others with modesty.”


208. “Anything will give up its secrets if you love it enough. Not only have I found that when I talk to the little flower or to the little peanut they will give up their secrets, but I have found that when I silently commune with people they give up their secrets also—if you love them enough” — George Washington


209. “I heard the bullets whistle – and believe me, there is something charming in the sound.”


210. “However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.” — George Washington


211. Place your soldier’s welfare before your own.


212. “It is better to be alone than in bad company." — George Washington


213. “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 appellation.” — George Washington


214. “Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.”


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


216. “Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.” — George Washington


217. “A pack of jackasses led by a lion is superior to a pack of lions led by a jackass.” ~ George Washington


218. “The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.” – George Washington


219. “Every post is honorable, in which a man can serve his country.”


220. “Gustavo Solivellas dice: "Si nos quitan la libertad de expresión nos quedamos mudos y silenciosos y nos pueden guiar como ovejas al matadero" (George Washington)”


221. “Hence, likewise, they will avoid the necessity of those overgrown military establishments, which, under any form of government, are inauspicious to liberty, and which are to be regarded as particularly hostile to Republican Liberty. In this sense it is, that your Union ought to be considered as a main prop of your liberty, and that the love of the one ought to endear to you the preservation of the other.” — George Washington


222. “I conceive a knowledge of books is the basis upon which other knowledge is to be built.” — George Washington


223. “The power under the Constitution will always be in the people.” ~ George Washington


224. “It is a much easier and less distressing thing to draw remonstrances in a comfortable room by a good fireside than to occupy a cold bleak hill and sleep under frost and snow without clothes or blankets.” ~ George Washington


225. “Experience teaches us that it is much easier to prevent an enemy from posting themselves than it is to dislodge them after they have got possession. ”


226. “Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.” ~ George Washington


227. “Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony and irreconcilable hatreds than those which spring from any other cause.” — George Washington


228. “My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.”


229. “I had rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world.” ~ George Washington


230. “A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well-digested plan is requisite; and their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories as tend to render them independent of others for essential, particularly military, supplies.” — George Washington


231. “The basis of our political system is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government.”


232. “Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. Experience has taught us that it is much easier to prevent an enemy from posting themselves than it is to dislodge them after they have got possession, and when the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” ~ George Washington, George Washington quotes on freedom


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


234. “I anticipate with pleasing expectations that retreat in which I promise myself to realize, without alloy, the sweet enjoyment of partaking, in the midst of my fellow citizens, the benign influence of good laws under a free government, the ever favourite object of my heart, and the happy reward, as I trust, of our mutual cares, labours, and dangers.” – George Washington


235. “We have probably had too good an opinion of human nature in forming our confederation.”


236. daylerogers on how questions can change our…


237. “To persevere in one’s duty, and be silent is the best answer to calumny.”


238. “When one side only of a story is heard and often repeated, the human mind becomes impressed with it insensibly.” ~ George Washington


239. “The men who mine coal and fire furnaces and balance ledgers and turn lathes and pick cotton and heal the sick and plant corn—all serve as proudly, and as profitably, for America as the statesmen who draft treaties and the legislators who enact laws.”


240. “The hour is fast approaching, on which the Honor and Success of this army, and the safety of our bleeding Country depend. Remember officers and Soldiers, that you are free men, fighting for the blessings of Liberty -- that slavery will be your portion, and that of your posterity, if you do not acquit yourselves like men.” — George Washington


241. “Happiness depends more upon the internal frame of a person’s own mind, than on the externals in the world.” ~ George Washington


242. “War – An act of violence whose object is to constrain the enemy, to accomplish our will.” George Washington


243. “The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their Constitutions of Government.” — George Washington


244. Of all the animosities which have existed among mankind, those which are caused by a difference of sentiments in religion appear to be the most inveterate and distressing, and ought most to be deprecated. — George Washington


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


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


247. “Harmony, liberal intercourse with all nations, are recommended by policy, humanity, and interest.” ~ George Washington


248. “The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respected Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations and Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges...”


249. “Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”


250. “I conceive a knowledge of books is the basis upon which other knowledge is to be built.”


251. “Some day, following the example of the United States of America, there will be a United States of Europe.” — George Washington


252. “Interwoven as is the love of liberty with every ligament of your hearts, no recommendation of mine is necessary to fortify or confirm the attachment.” — George Washington


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


254. “Every day the increasing weight of years admonishes me more and more, that the shade of retirement is as necessary to me as it will be welcome.” — George Washington


255. “There is nothing which can better deserve our patronage than the promotion of science and literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness.”


256. “The turning points of lives are not the great moments. The real crises are often concealed in occurrences so trivial in appearance that they pass unobserved.”


257. “We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience." — George Washington


258. “The liberty enjoyed by the people of these states of worshiping Almighty God agreeable to their consciences, it not only among the choicest of their blessings, but also of their rights.”


259. Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.


260. “It is far better to be alone than to be in bad company.” George Washington


261. “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.”


262. I have often expressed my sentiments, that every man, conducting himself as a good citizen, and being accountable to God alone for his religious opinions, ought to be protected in worshiping the Deity according to the dictates of his own conscience.


263. Consider morality and what is ‘good’ when deciding on your leadership goals.


264. Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation.


265. “It is impossible to account for the creation of the universe, without the agency of a Supreme Being. It is impossible to govern the universe without the aid of a Supreme Being. It is impossible to reason without arriving at a Supreme Being.”


266. “Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble”. George Washington


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


268. “We must consult our means rather than our wishes.” — George Washington


269. “For myself the delay may be compared with a reprieve; for in confidence I assure you, with the world it would obtain little credit that my movements to the chair of Government will be accompanied by feelings not unlike those of a culprit who is going to the place of his execution: so unwilling am I, in the evening of a life nearly consumed in public cares, to quit a peaceful abode for an Ocean of difficulties, without that competency of political skill, abilities and inclination which is necessary to manage the helm.” — George Washington


270. “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.”


271. “Let us therefore animate and encourage each other, and show the whole world that a Freeman, contending for liberty on his own ground, is superior to any slavish mercenary on earth.” — George Washington


272. Empower others.


273. “Friendship is a plant of slow growth and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation”. George Washington


274. “Worry is the intrest paid by those who borrow trouble.”


275. “Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.” ~ George Washington


276. “Liberty when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.” George Washington


277. “Be not glad at the misfortune of another, though he may be your enemy.” — George Washington


278. “All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit." Thomas Paine”


279. “Truth will ultimately prevail where there are pains to bring it to light.” George Washington


280. “Nothing can be more hurtful to the service, than the neglect of discipline; for that discipline, more than numbers, gives one army the superiority over another.”


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


282. “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.” ~ George Washington


283. “A primary object should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?”


284. “Associate yourself with Men of good Quality if you Esteem your own Reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad Company.” — George Washington


285. “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.” ~ George Washington


286. 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.


287. “I do not mean to exclude altogether the idea of patriotism. I know it exists, and I know it has done much in the present contest. But I will venture to assert, that 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.” – George Washington


288. “Harding was the first sitting Senator to be elected President, and the first to ride to and from his Inauguration in an automobile.”


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


290. “To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.” – George Washington


291. “The thing that separates the American Christian from every other person on earth is the fact that he would rather die on his feet, than to live on his knees.”


292. “Religion is as necessary to reason as reason is to religion. The one cannot exist without the other. A reasoning being would lose his reason, in attempting to account for the great phenomena of nature, had he not a Supreme Being to refer to.”


293. “The nation which indulges toward another a habitual hatred or a habitual fondness is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to it animosity or two its affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and it's interest.”


294. Use the power of persuasion.


295. It is far better to be alone than to be in bad company.


296. “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.” ~ George Washington


297. “The power under the Constitution will always be in the people. It is entrusted for certain defined purposes, and for a certain limited period, to representatives of their own choosing; and whenever it is executed contrary to their interest, or not agreeable to their wishes, their servants can, and undoubtedly will be recalled.” ~ George Washington


298. “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.


299. “Be Americans. Let there be no sectionalism, no North, South, East or West. You are all dependent on one another and should be one in union. In one word, be a nation. Be Americans, and be true to yourselves.” – George Washington


300. Knowledge is, in every country, the surest basis of public happiness.


301. “A sensible woman can never be happy with a fool.”


302. “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


303. “Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone.”


304. “The great mass of our Citizens require only to understand matters rightly, to form right decisions.” ~ George Washington


305. “Make sure you are doing what God wants you to do—then do it with all your strength.” — George Washington


306. “We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience.” — George Washington


307. “Speak not injurious words neither in jest nor earnest; scoff at none although they give occasion.”


308. “Be courteous to all, but intimate with few; and let those be well-tried before you give them your confidence.” ~ George Washington


309. “Paper money has had the effect in your state that it will ever have, to ruin commerce, oppress the honest, and open the door to every species of fraud and injustice.” — George Washington


310. “Let me entreat you, Gentlemen, on your part, not to take any measures, which, viewed in the calm light of reason, will lessen the dignity, and sully the glory you have hitherto maintained.”


311. “Anything will give up its secrets if you love it enough. Not only have I found that when I talk to the little flower or to the little peanut they will give up their secrets, but I have found that when I silently commune with people they give up their secrets also - if you love them enough”


312. “Be courteous to all, but intimate with few; and let those be well-tried before you give them your confidence.” — George Washington


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


314. “99% of failures come from people who make excuses.” — George Washington


315. “A man is accepted into a church for what he believes and he is turned out for what he knows. Samuel Clemens "Mark Twain", American author and humorist”


316. “Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”


317. “Should any American soldier be so base and infamous as to injure any [prisoner] ... I do most earnestly enjoin you to bring him to such severe and exemplary punishment as the enormity of the crime may require. Should it extend to death itself, it will not be disproportional to its guilt at such a time and in such a cause... for by such conduct they bring shame, disgrace and ruin to themselves and their country.”


318. “It is better to be alone than in bad company.”


319. “Government is not reason and it is not eloquence. It is force! Like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.” – George Washington


320. “How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.” ~ George Washington


321. “99% percent of failures are the ones who make excuses.” — George Washington


322. “Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony and irreconcilable hatreds than those which spring from any other cause. I had hoped that liberal and enlightened thought would have reconciled the Christians so that their religious fights would not endanger the peace of Society.”


323. “My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.”


324. Overgrown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty.


325. “If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War.” — George Washington


326. “It is absolutely necessary… for me to have persons that can think for me, as well as execute orders.” ~ George Washington


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


328. “The nation which indulges toward another a habitual hatred or a habitual fondness is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to it animosity or two its affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its interest.” ~ George Washington


329. “It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God.” ~ George Washington


330. Happiness depends more upon the internal frame of a person’s own mind, than on the externals in the world.


331. “Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all.” – George Washington


332. “Experience teaches us that it is much easier to prevent an enemy from posting themselves than it is to dislodge them after they have got possession.” ~ George Washington


333. Have faith and trust in Your Higher Power.


334. Have faith in your soldiers.


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


336. “I have always considered marriage as the most interesting event of one’s life, and the foundation of happiness or misery.” ~ George Washington


337. “Be Americans. Let there be no sectionalism, no North, South, East, or West. You are all dependent on one another and should be one in union. In one word, be a nation. Be Americans, and be true to yourselves.” ~ George Washington


338. “My movements to the chair of Government will be accompanied with feelings not unlike those of a culprit who is going to the place of his execution.”


339. “It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people, that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights. For happily the government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction - to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens.” — George Washington


340. “The best and only safe road to honor, glory, and true dignity is justice.”


341. “No punishment, in my opinion, is to great, for the man who can build his greatness upon his country’s ruin.” ~ George Washington


342. “Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principles.”


343. “Though, in reviewing the incidents of my administration, I am unconscious of intentional error, I am nevertheless too sensible of my defects not to think it probable that I may have committed many errors. Whatever they may be, I fervently beseech the Almighty to avert or mitigate the evils to which they may tend. I shall also carry with me the hope that my country will never cease to view them with indulgence; and that, after forty five years of my life dedicated to its service with an upright zeal, the faults of incompetent abilities will be consigned to oblivion, as myself must soon be to the mansions of rest.


344. “Jealousy and local policy mix too much in all our public councils for the good government of the Union. In a word, the confederation appears to me to be little more than a shadow without the substance.”


345. “I hope, some day or another, we shall become a storehouse and granary for the world.”


346. “The great mass of our Citizens require only to understand matters rightly, to form right decisions.”


347. “Nothing can be more hurtful to the service, than the neglect of discipline; for that discipline, more than numbers, gives one army the superiority over another.” – George Washington


348. “The common and continual mischief's [sic] of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and the duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it. It serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which find a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passion.”


349. “Wherein you reprove another be unblameable yourself, for example is more prevalent than precepts.” — George Washington


350. “...every aid in [our] power to our good friends and allied the French to quell the alarming insurrection of the negroes.”


351. “It is impossible to reason without arriving at a Supreme Being.” George Washington


352. “The basis of our political system is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government.” ~ George Washington


353. “no punishment, in my opinion, is to great, for the man who can build his greatness upon his country's ruin”


354. “Make sure you are doing what God wants you to do – then do it with all your strength.”


355. “In politics as in philosophy, my tenets are few and simple. The leading one of which, and indeed that which embraces most others, is to be honest and just ourselves and to exact it from others, meddling as little as possible in their affairs where our own are not involved. If this maxim was generally adopted, wars would cease and our swords would soon be converted into reap hooks and our harvests be more peaceful, abundant, and happy.” — George Washington


356. “Every day the increasing weight of years admonishes me more and more, that the shade of retirement is as necessary to me as it will be welcome.” ~ George Washington


357. Don’t bow to political pressure.


358. “...if Men are to be precluded from offering their Sentiments on a matter, which may involve the most serious and alarming consequences, that can invite the consideration of Mankind, reason is of no use to us; the freedom of Speech may be taken away, and dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep, to the Slaughter.”


359. “A free people ought not only to be armed but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well-digested plan is requisite; and their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories as tend to render them independent of others for essential, particularly military, supplies.” ~ George Washington


360. “I'll die on my feet before I'll live on my knees!” — George Washington (*often attributed to Washington, but cannot be confirmed.)


361. “Friendship is a plant of slow growth and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.”


362. Gentlemen, you will permit me to put on my spectacles, for, I have grown not only gray, but almost blind in the service of my country.


363. “There is nothing, which can better deserve our patronage than the promotion of science and literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness.”


364. “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.”


365. “I have not permitted myself, gentlemen, to conclude that I am the best man in the country; but I am reminded, in this connection, of a story of an old Dutch farmer, who remarked to a companion once that it was not best to swap horses when crossing streams.”


366. “Good moral character is the first essential in a man.”


367. “We must consult our means rather than our wishes.”


368. “The internet is full of many false and unverified quotes.”


369. “Interwoven as is the love of liberty with every ligament of your hearts, no recommendation of mine is necessary to fortify or confirm the attachment.” ~ George Washington


370. Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.


371. “Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.”


372. “I hold the maxim no less applicable to public than to private affairs, that honesty is always the best policy.”


373. “I shall not be deprived of a comfort in the worst event, if I retain a consciousness of having acted to the best of my judgment.”


374. “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


375. A bad war is fought with a good mind.


376. “Decision making, like coffee, needs a cooling process.”


377. “Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness.” George Washington


378. “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.” – George Washington


379. “[death]...the abyss from where no traveler is permitted to return”


380. “Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?”


381. “In politics as in philosophy, my tenets are few and simple. The leading one of which, and indeed that which embraces most others, is to be honest and just ourselves and to exact it from others, meddling as little as possible in their affairs where our own are not involved. If this maxim was generally adopted, wars would cease and our swords would soon be converted into reap hooks and our harvests be more peaceful, abundant, and happy.”


382. “The reflection upon my situation and that of this army produces many an uneasy hour when all around me are wrapped in sleep. Few people know the predicament we are in.”


383. “Honesty will be found on every experiment, to be the best and only true policy. Let us then as a nation be just.” ~ George Washington


384. “Your love of liberty, your respect for the laws, your habits of industry, and your practice of the moral and religious obligations, are the strongest claims to national and individual happiness.”


385. “Do not suffer your good nature [...] to say yes when you ought to say no; remember that it is a public not a private cause that is to be injured or benefitted by your choice.” — George Washington


386. “If to please the people, we offer what we ourselves disapprove, how can we afterwards defend our work? Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair. The rest is in the hands of God.” — George Washington


387. “George Washington famously warned against ... ungenerously throwing upon posterity the burden which we ourselves ought to bear.” — George Washington


388. “Pierce was the first President to “affirm” rather than “swear” his oath. He was also the first to have memorized his inaugural speech.”


389. The reflection upon my situation and that of this army produces many an uneasy hour when all around me are wrapped in sleep. Few people know the predicament we are in.


390. “Lenience will operate with greater force, in some instances, than rigor. It is therefore my first wish to have all of my conduct distinguished by it.”


391. Choose your acquaintances.


392. “99% of failures come from people who make excuses.” ~ George Washington


393. Leadership comes with great responsibilities.


394. “A bad war is fought with a good mind.” — George Washington


395. “Freedom and Property Rights are inseparable. You can't have one without the other.”


396. “The great rule of conduct for us, in regard to foreign nations, is, in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible.”


397. The foundation of our Empire was not laid in the gloomy age of Ignorance and Superstition, but at an Epoch when the rights of mankind were better understood and more clearly defined, than at any former period, the researches of the human mind, after social happiness, have been carried to a great extent, the Treasures of knowledge, acquired by the labours of Philosophers, Sages and Legislatures, through a long succession of years, are laid open for our use, and their collected wisdom may be happily applied in the Establishment of our forms of Government. — George Washington


398. Be punctual and follow the plan.


399. “A sensible woman can never be happy with a fool.” — George Washington


400. “Our cruel and unrelenting Enemy leaves us no choice but a brave resistance, or the most abject submission; this is all we can expect - We have therefore to resolve to conquer or die: Our own Country's Honor, all call upon us for a vigorous and manly exertion, and if we now shamefully fail, we shall become infamous to the whole world. Let us therefore rely upon the goodness of the Cause, and the aid of the supreme Being, in whose hands Victory is, to animate and encourage us to great and noble Actions - The Eyes of all our Countrymen are now upon us, and we shall have their blessings, and praises, if happily we are the instruments of saving them from the Tyranny meditated against them. Let us therefore animate and encourage each other, and shew the whole world, that a Freeman contending for Liberty on his own ground is superior to any slavish mercenary on earth.”


401. “It is better to be alone than being in wrong company. Because the wrong company may give joy some time but it will time to time make you realise, you are not suitable in that group. They will involved in their activities and most time you feel alone . And being alone in group is more painful then being alone single. Wrong company means their activities are not suitable to you, and never do things you don't like. Wether being alone but never loose yourself”


402. “Laws made by common consent must not be trampled on by individuals.”


403. “Individuals entering into society, must give up a share of liberty to preserve the rest.” ~ George Washington


404. “George Washington famously warned against ... 'ungenerously throwing upon posterity the burden which we ourselves ought to bear”


405. “Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.


406. “A primary object should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?” — George Washington


407. “Though, in reviewing the incidents of my administration, I am unconscious of intentional error, I am nevertheless too sensible of my defects not to think it probable that I may have committed many errors. Whatever they may be, I fervently beseech the Almighty to avert or mitigate the evils to which they may tend. I shall also carry with me the hope, that my Country will never cease to view them with indulgence; and that, after forty-five years of my life dedicated to its service with an upright zeal, the faults of incompetent abilities will be consigned to oblivion, as myself must soon be to the mansions of rest.”


408. Real men despise battle, but will never run from it.


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


410. “On the dogmas of religion, as distinguished from moral principles, all mankind, from the beginning of the world to this day, have been quarreling, fighting, burning and torturing one another for abstractions unintelligible to themselves and to all others, and absolutely beyond the comprehension of the human mind. Thomas Jefferson, U.S. President, author, scientist, architect, educator, and diplomat”


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


412. “Let us therefore animate and encourage each other, and show the whole world that a Freeman, contending for liberty on his own ground, is superior to any slavish mercenary on earth.” ~ George Washington


413. “A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends.” — George Washington


414. “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


415. “Religion is as necessary to reason as reason is to religion. The one cannot exist without the other.” George Washington


416. “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”


417. “Bless my family, kindred, friends and country, be our God and guide this day and forever for His sake, who lay down in the grave and arose again for us, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”


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


419. “What is most important of this grand experiment, the United States? Not the election of the first president but the election of its second president. The peaceful transition of power is what will separate this country from every other country in the world.” ~ George Washington


420. “Mankind, when left to themselves, are unfit for their own government.” George Washington


421. “Paper money has had the effect in your state that it will ever have, to ruin commerce, oppress the honest, and open the door to every species of fraud and injustice.”


422. “Lenience will operate with greater force, in some instances than rigor. It is therefore my first wish to have all of my conduct distinguished by it.” ~ George Washington


423. “Show not yourself glad at the misfortune of another though he were your enemy.”


424. “To persevere in one’s duty, and be silent is the best answer to calumny.” ~ George Washington


425. The harder the conflict, the greater the triumph.


426. “There is nothing which can better deserve our patronage than the promotion of science and literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness.” ~ George Washington


427. Influence is important.


428. “During this period, so many important events have occurred, and such changes in men and things have taken place, as the compass of a letter would give you but an inadequate idea of. None of which events, however, nor all of them together, have been able to eradicate from my mind, the recollection of those happy moments—the happiest of my life—which I have enjoyed in your company.”


429. “Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principles.” ~ George Washington


430. Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.


431. We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience.


432. “Faith, as well intentioned as it may be, must be built on facts, not fiction- faith in fiction is a damnable false hope. Thomas Edison, American inventor”


433. “however much such loans may temporarily relieve the situation, the Government is still indebted for the amount of the surplus thus accrued, which it must ultimately pay, while its ability to pay is not strengthened, but weakened by a continued deficit.”


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


435. “I regret exceedingly that the disputes between the protestants and Roman Catholics should be carried to the serious alarming height mentioned in your letters. 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.


436. “However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”


437. “It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company.” — George Washington


438. “Citizens by birth or choice of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations.” ~ George Washington


439. “Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony and irreconcilable hatreds than those which spring from any other cause. George Washington, Revolutionary War General and U.S. President”


440. What happened in the past stays in the past—unless it is something useful for the future.


441. Be serious about responsibilities.


442. “It is a much easier and less distressing thing to draw remonstrances in a comfortable room by a good fireside than to occupy a cold bleak hill and sleep under frost and snow without clothes or blankets.” — George Washington


443. “Human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.” — George Washington


444. “Human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.” ~ George Washington


445. “Creationists make it sound like a 'theory' is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night. Isaac Asimov, Russian-born American author”


446. “Man is the religious animal. He is the only religious animal. He is the only animal that has the True Religion –- several of them. He is the only animal that loves his neighbor as himself and cuts his throat, if his theology isn't straight. He has made a graveyard of the globe in trying his honest best to smooth his brother's path to happiness and heaven." Mark Twain”


447. “If we mean to support the liberty and independence which has cost us so much blood and treasure to establish, we must drive far away the demon of party spirit and local reproach.” ~ George Washington


448. It is substantially true, that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. The rule, indeed, extends with more or less force to every species of free government.


449. “[T]he gradual extension of our settlements will as certainly cause the savage, as the wolf, to retire; both being beasts of prey, though they differ in shape.” — George Washington


450. “Every post is honorable in which a man can serve his country.” ~ George Washington, George Washington quotes on leadership


451. “...overgrown military establishments, which, under any form of government, are inauspicious to liberty, and which are to be regarded as particularly hostile to Republican Liberty.”


452. “Gentlemen, you will permit me to put on my spectacles, for, I have grown not only gray, but almost blind in the service of my country.” ~ George Washington


453. Do not be influenced by foreign powers.


454. “If the cause is advanced, indifferent is it to me where or in what quarter it happens.”


455. “89th: Speak not evil of the absent, for it is unjust.”


456. “A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends.”


457. At this auspicious period, the United States came into existence as a nation, and if their citizens should not be completely free and happy, the fault will be entirely their own.


458. “Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder." — George Washington


459. “Gentlemen, you will permit me to put on my spectacles, for, I have grown not only gray, but almost blind in the service of my country." — George Washington


460. Strive not with your superiors in argument, but always submit your judgment to others with modesty.


461. “99% percent of failures are the ones who make excuses.”


462. “Associate yourself with men of good quality, if you esteem your own reputation; for ‘tis better to be alone than in bad company.”


463. I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.


464. “Perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages.”


465. A disciplined soldier is better than an uncivilized army.


466. “Perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages.” — George Washington


467. Personal investment.


468. “The great mass of our Citizens require only to understand matters rightly, to form right decisions.” — George Washington


469. “Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony and irreconcilable hatreds than those which spring from any other cause.” ~ George Washington


470. “The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respectable Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations And Religions; whom we shall wellcome to a participation of all our rights and previleges, if by decency and propriety of conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment.”


471. “If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War.” ~ George Washington


472. “Of Congress, "party disputes and personal quarrels are the great business of the day whilst the momentous concerns of an empire...are but secondary considerations," that "business of a trifling nature and personal concernment withdraws their attention from matters of great national moment.” — George Washington


473. “I was sorry to see the gloomy picture which you drew of the affairs of your Country in your letter of December; but I hope events have not turned out so badly as you then apprehended. Of all the animosities which have existed among mankind, those which are caused by a difference of sentiments in religion appear to be the most inveterate and distressing, and ought most to be deprecated. I was in hopes, that the enlightened and liberal policy, which has marked the present age, would at least have reconciled Christians of every denomination so far, that we should never again see their religious disputes carried to such a pitch as to endanger the peace of Society.


474. “Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone.” ~ George Washington


475. “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


476. Outer appearance does not demonstrate one’s inner character.


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


478. “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.” – George Washington


479. “Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all.” — George Washington


480. “The great rule of conduct for us, in regard to foreign nations, is, in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible.” — George Washington


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


482. “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.”


483. “Citizens by birth or choice of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations.” – George Washington


484. “My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.” ~ George Washington


485. “My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth.” George Washington


486. “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.”


487. “Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.”


488. “Much was to be done by prudence, much by conciliation, much by firmness.”


489. “It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it.” George Washington


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


491. “Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone, and let your hand give in proportion to your purse.”


492. “For myself the delay may be compared with a reprieve; for in confidence I assure you, with the world it would obtain little credit that my movements to the chair of Government will be accompanied by feelings not unlike those of a culprit who is going to the place of his execution: so unwilling am I, in the evening of a life nearly consumed in public cares, to quit a peaceful abode for an Ocean of difficulties, without that competency of political skill, abilities and inclination which is necessary to manage the helm.”


493. “Happiness depends more upon the internal frame of a person's own mind, than on the externals in the world.”


494. “It is substantially true, that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. The rule, indeed, extends with more or less force to every species of free government.”


495. “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.” – George Washington


496. “We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience.”


497. “All obstructions to the execution of the laws, all combinations and associations, under whatever plausible character, with the real design to direct, control, counteract, or awe the regular deliberation and action of the constituted authorities, are destructive of this fundamental principle, and of fatal tendency.”


498. “Freedom and Property Rights are inseparable. You can’t have one without the other.” ~ George Washington


499. “The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries, which result, gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of Public Liberty.”


500. “Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.” George Washington


501. A knowledge of books is the basis upon which other knowledge is to be built.


502. “A bad war is fought with a good mind.” ~ George Washington


503. “Men may speculate as they will; they may talk of patriotism; they may draw a few examples from ancient story, of great achievements performed by its influence; but whoever builds upon it, as a sufficient Basis for conducting a long and bloody War, will find themselves deceived in the end. We must take the passions of Men as Nature has given them, and those principles as a guide which are generally the rule of Action. I do not mean to exclude altogether the Idea of Patriotism. I know it exists, and i know it has done much in the present Contest. But I will venture to assert, that 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. For a time, it may, of itself push Men to Action; to bear much, to encounter difficulties; but it will not endure unassisted by Interest.” — George Washington


504. “I hold the maxim no less applicable to public than to private affairs, that honesty is always the best policy.” ~ George Washington


505. “Make sure you are doing what God wants you to do---then do it with all your strength.”


506. “Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation.”


507. Taking responsibility increases your chances of success.


508. “It is substantially true, that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. The rule, indeed, extends with more or less force to every species of free government.” ~ George Washington


509. “Much was to be done by prudence, much by conciliation, much by firmness.” — George Washington


510. “To enlarge the sphere of social happiness is worthy of the benevolent design of a Masonic institution; and it is most fervently to be wished, that the conduct of every member of the fraternity, as well as those publications, that discover the principles which actuate them, may tend to convince mankind that the grand object of Masonry is to promote the happiness of the human race.


511. “In the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” George Washington


512. “Speak not evil of the absent, for it is unjust.” ~ George Washington


513. “It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company.”


514. Hold subordinates accountable.


515. “There is nothing which can better deserve our patronage than the promotion of science and literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness.” — George Washington


516. “The finite mind of man can never grasp the mysteries of the infinite. It is the highest wisdom, as it is our great happiness, to accept our limitations, to use what we have, and leave the rest to God.” – George Washington


517. Be humble even when you are given high leadership positions.


518. “When any nation mistrusts it’s citizens with guns, it’s sending a clear message. It no longer trusts it’s citizens because such a government has evil plans.”


519. “Eskimo: "If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell?" Priest: "No, not if you did not know." Eskimo: "Then why did you tell me?" Annie Dillard, "Pilgrim at Tinker Creek”


520. “To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.” ~ George Washington


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


522. “How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.”


523. “Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.”


524. “Decision making, like coffee, needs a cooling process.” ~ George Washington


525. “I had always hoped that this land might become a safe and agreeable asylum to the virtuous and persecuted part of mankind, to whatever nation they might belong.” ~ George Washington


526. “The great rule of conduct for us, in regard to foreign nations, is, in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible.” ~ George Washington


527. “Religion and morality are the essential pillars of civil society.” ~ George Washington


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


529. “Never attach where it is obvious”


530. “While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian.” ~ George Washington


531. “Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder. ”


532. “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.” — George Washington


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


534. “Wherein you reprove another be unblameable yourself, for example is more prevalent than precepts.” ~ George Washington


535. “Let your discourse with men of business be short and comprehensive.” – George Washington


536. “Those who have committed no faults want no pardon. We are only defending what we deem our indisputable rights.”


537. “It is better to be alone than in bad company”


538. “No morn has ever dawned more favourably than ours did; and no day was ever more clouded than the present. Wisdom and good examples are necessary at this time to rescue the political machine from the impending storm.”


539. “The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.”


540. “There is a Destiny which has the control of our actions, not to be resisted by the strongest efforts of Human Nature.”


541. “To encourage literature and the arts is a duty which every good citizen owes to his country.” ~ George Washington


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


543. “Its good to live alone than to live in a bad company”


544. “It is impossible to govern the world without God. It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the Providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly implore his protection and favor.” ~ George Washington


545. “Paper money has had the effect in your state that it will ever have, to ruin commerce, oppress the honest, and open the door to every species of fraud and injustice.” ~ George Washington


546. “Of all the animosities which have existed among mankind, those which are caused by a difference of sentiments in religion appear to be the most inveterate and distressing, and ought most to be deprecated.” ~ George Washington


547. My observation is that whenever one person is found adequate to the discharge of a duty it is worse executed by two persons, and scarcely done at all if three or more are employed therein.


548. The basis of our political system is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government. — George Washington


549. “Those who have committed no faults want no pardon. We are only defending what we deem our indisputable rights.” ~ George Washington


550. “Do not let anyone claim tribute of American patriotism if they even attempt to remove religion from politics.” ~ George Washington


551. “Labor to keep alive in your breaks that little


552. The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.


553. “It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.”


554. “Those who have committed no faults want no pardon. We are only defending what we deem our indisputable rights.” — George Washington


555. “There might, Gentlemen, be an impropriety in my taking notice, in this Address to you, of an anonymous production, but the manner in which that performance has been introduced to the army, the effect it was intended to have, together with some other circumstances, will amply justify my observations on the tendency of that Writing. With respect to the advice given by the Author, to suspect the Man, who shall recommend moderate measures and longer forbearance, I spurn it, as every Man, who regards liberty, and reveres that justice for which we contend, undoubtedly must; for if Men are to be precluded from offering their Sentiments on a matter, which may involve the most serious and alarming consequences, that can invite the consideration of Mankind, reason is of no use to us; the freedom of Speech may be taken away, and dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep, to the Slaughter.” — George Washington


556. “Real men despise battle, but will never run from it.”


557. Happiness is a state of mind.


558. Leaders choose the company they keep.


559. “Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence . . . the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake.” ~ George Washington


560. “The harder the conflict, the greater the triumph.” ~ George Washington


561. “Much was to be done by prudence, much by conciliation, much by firmness.” ~ George Washington


562. “Make sure you are doing what God wants you to do–then do it with all your strength.” ~ George Washington


563. “Individuals entering into society, must give up a share of liberty to preserve the rest.” — George Washington


564. “While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian.” — George Washington


565. “But lest some unlucky event should happen unfavorable to my reputation, I beg it may be remembered by every gentleman in the room that I this day declare with the utmost sincerity, I do not think myself equal to the command I am honored with.” ~ George Washington


566. “you will agree with me in opinion that there is nothing which can better deserve your patronage than the promotion of science and literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness.”


567. Think of what your actions may cost you.


568. “Things in life will not always run smoothly. Sometimes we will be rising toward the heights—then all will seem to reverse itself and start downward. The great fact to remember is that the trend of civilization itself is forever upward; that a line drawn through the middle of the peaks and the valleys of the centuries always has an upward trend.”


569. 99% of failures come from people who make excuses.


570. “Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.” — George Washington


571. “There is nothing so likely to produce peace as to be well prepared to meet the enemy.” ~ George Washington


572. “Democratical States must always feel before they can see: it is this that makes their Governments slow, but the people will be right at last.” ~ George Washington


573. “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 appellation.” Letter to Bushrod Washington (January 15, 1783).


574. We have probably had too good an opinion of human nature in forming our confederation.


575. “I can truly say I had rather be a Mount Vernon than to be attended at the Seat of Government by the Officers of State and the Representatives of every Power in Europe.”


576. “Lay waste all the settlements around... that the country may not be merely overrun, but destroyed ... listen to any overture of peace before the total ruin of their settlements is effected.”


577. “The reflection upon my situation and that of this army produces many an uneasy hour when all around me are wrapped in sleep. Few people know the predicament we are in.” ~ George Washington


578. “They came with a Bible and their religion- stole our land, crushed our spirit... and now tell us we should be thankful to the 'Lord' for being saved. Chief Pontiac, American Indian Chieftain”


579. “Be courteous to all, but intimate with few; and let those be well-tried before you give them your confidence.”


580. “If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how — the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what's said against me won't amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.”


581. “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. ... The Nation, prompted by ill-will and resentment, sometimes impels to war the Government, contrary to the best calculations of policy. The Government sometimes participates in the national propensity, and adopts through passion what reason would reject; at other times, it makes the animosity of the nation subservient to projects of hostility instigated by pride, ambition, and other sinister and pernicious motives. The peace often, sometimes perhaps the liberty, of Nations has been the victim.”


582. “The best and only safe road to honor, glory, and the true dignity is justice.”


583. “[T]he gradual extension of our settlements will as certainly cause the savage, as the wolf, to retire; both being beasts of prey, though they differ in shape.”


584. “Few people have the virtue to withstand the highest bidder.” ~ George Washington


585. “Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principles.” — George Washington


586. “It is best to be silent, for there is nothing more certain than that it is at all times more easy to make enemies than friends.”


587. “if to please the people,we offer what we ourselves disapprove, how can we afterwards defend our work? Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair. The rest is in the hands of God.”


588. “The power under the Constitution will always be in the people.” – George Washington


589. I’ll die on my feet before I’ll live on my knees!


590. “Mankind, when left to themselves, are unfit for their own government.”


591. Discipline is one of the ingredients to success.


592. “Experience teaches us that it is much easier to prevent an enemy from posting themselves than it is to dislodge them after they have got possession." — George Washington


593. “But lest some unlucky event should happen unfavorable to my reputation, I beg it may be remembered by every gentleman in the room that I this day declare with the utmost sincerity, I do not think myself equal to the command I am honored with.”


594. “While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian.”


595. In politics as in philosophy, my tenets are few and simple. The leading one of which, and indeed that which embraces most others, is to be honest and just ourselves and to exact it from others, meddling as little as possible in their affairs where our own are not involved. If this maxim was generally adopted, wars would cease and our swords would soon be converted into reap hooks and our harvests be more peaceful, abundant, and happy.


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


597. “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”


598. “Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally.”


599. “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…” — George Washington


600. Be honest.


601. ...overgrown military establishments, which, under any form of government, are inauspicious to liberty, and which are to be regarded as particularly hostile to Republican Liberty.


602. “Adhere to your purpose and you will soon feel as well as you ever did. On the contrary, if you falter, and give up, you will lose the power of keeping any resolution, and will regret it all your life.”


603. “Let us therefore animate and encourage each other, and show the whole world that a Freeman, contending for liberty on his own ground, is superior to any slavish mercenary on earth.”


604. “All Freemasonry should be disbanded in America because our organization has been infiltrated by the Illuminati and they have bad intentions for America and the World.” ~ George Washington


605. “If the cause is advanced, indifferent is it to me where or in what quarter it happens.” ~ George Washington


606. “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


607. 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.


608. “I had rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world.” — George Washington


609. “Government is not reason; it is not eloquence. It is force. And force, like fire, is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”


610. Respect others.


611. “99% OF FAILURE COME FROM PEOPLE WHO MAKE EXCUSES”


612. “56.Associate yourself with Men of good Quality if you Esteem your own Reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad Company.”


613. “It’s only natural for unbridled partisanship, unrestrained by allegiance to a greater cause, to lead to chaos.” ~ George Washington


614. “Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.” ~ George Washington


615. 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.


616. “When one side only of a story is heard and often repeated, the human mind becomes impressed with it insensibly.” – George Washington


617. “This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly. Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today. This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory. I am convinced that you will again give that support to leadership in these critical days.”


618. “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”


619. “Do not let anyone claim tribute of American patriotism if they even attempt to remove religion from politics.” – George Washington


620. “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. ... The Nation, prompted by ill-will and resentment, sometimes impels to war the Government, contrary to the best calculations of policy. The Government sometimes participates in the national propensity, and adopts through passion what reason would reject; at other times, it makes the animosity of the nation subservient to projects of hostility instigated by pride, ambition, and other sinister and pernicious motives. The peace often, sometimes perhaps the liberty, of Nations has been the victim.” — George Washington


621. “Require nothing unreasonable of your officers and men, but see that whatever is required be punctually complied with. Reward and punish every man according to his merit, without partiality or prejudice; hear his complaints; if well founded, redress them; if otherwise, discourage them, in order to prevent frivolous ones. Discourage vice in every shape, and impress upon the mind of every man, from the first to the lowest, the importance of the cause, and what it is they are contending for.”


622. “Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.


623. “Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.” ~ George Washington


624. “To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.” — George Washington


625. “Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.” – George Washington


626. “The nation which indulges toward another a habitual hatred or a habitual fondness is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to it animosity or two its affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its interest.” — George Washington


627. “The Church says that the earth is flat, but I know that it is round, for I have seen the shadow on the moon, and I have more faith in a shadow than in the Church. Ferdinand Magellan, Portuguese and Spanish explorer”


628. “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.” — George Washington


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


630. “Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.” George Washington


631. “It is absolutely necessary... for me to have persons that can think for me, as well as execute orders.” — George Washington


632. “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?”


633. “It is a much easier and less distressing thing to draw remonstrances in a comfortable room by a good fireside than to occupy a cold bleak hill and sleep under frost and snow without cloaths or blankets.”


634. “Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.” ~ George Washington


635. “I have always considered marriage as the most interesting event of one’s life, and the foundation of happiness or misery.”


636. “convincing those who are intrusted with the public administration that every valuable end of government is best answered by the enlightened confidence of the people, and by teaching the people themselves to know and to value their own rights; to discern and provide against invasions of them; to distinguish between oppression and the necessary exercise of lawful authority;”


637. “The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.”


638. “Individuals entering into society, must give up a share of liberty to preserve the rest.”


639. “It’s only natural for unbridled partisanship, unrestrained by allegiance to a greater cause, to lead to chaos.”


640. Choose the ones you trust with sensitive information.


641. “The reflection upon my situation and that of this army produces many an uneasy hour when all around me are wrapped in sleep. Few people know the predicament we are in.” — George Washington


642. “The Citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for giving to Mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy: a policy worthy of imitation. All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship. It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights. For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection, should demean themselves as good citizens.”


643. “Almighty God, we make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in thy holy protection.” ~ George Washington


644. “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


645. “A pack of jackasses led by a lion is superior to a pack of lions led by a jackass.” – George Washington


646. Everyone has their obligation and responsibility to the society they live in.


647. “Truth will ultimately prevail where pains is taken to bring it to light.” ~ George Washington


648. “How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.” — George Washington


649. “The common and continual mischief's [sic] of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and the duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it. It serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which find a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passion.” — George Washington


650. “My observation is that whenever one person is found adequate to the discharge of a duty ... it is worse executed by two persons, and scarcely done at all if three or more are employed therein.”


651. “The people must remain ever vigilant against tyrants masquerading as public servants.”


652. “My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.” — George Washington


653. “Wherein you reprove another be unblameable yourself, for example is more prevalent than precepts.”


654. “The turning points of lives are not the great moments. The real crises are often concealed in occurrences so trivial in appearance that they pass unobserved.” ~ George Washington


655. “Experience teaches us that it is much easier to prevent an enemy from posting themselves than it is to dislodge them after they have got possession.” — George Washington


656. “To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.”


657. “Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.”


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


659. “The hour is fast approaching, on which the Honor and Success of this army, and the safety of our bleeding Country depend. Remember officers and Soldiers, that you are free men, fighting for the blessings of Liberty -- that slavery will be your portion, and that of your posterity, if you do not acquit yourselves like men.”


660. You will agree with me in opinion that there is nothing which can better deserve your patronage than the promotion of science and literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness.


661. “The Constitution is the guide, which I never will abandon.”


662. “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


663. “A bad war is fought with a good mind.”


664. “If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War.”


665. “Gentlemen, you will permit me to put on my spectacles, for I have not only grown gray but almost blind in the service of my country.”


666. “99% of failures come from people who make excuses.” – George Washington


667. “The hour is fast approaching, on which the honor and cuccess of this army, and the safety of our bleeding country depend. Remember officers and soldiers, that you are free men, fighting for the blessings of Liberty — that slavery will be your portion, and that of your posterity, if you do not acquit yourselves like men.” ~ George Washington


668. “Associate yourself with men of good quality, if you esteem your own reputation; for ‘tis better to be alone than in bad company.” — George Washington


669. “Happiness depends more upon the internal frame of a person’s own mind, than on the externals in the world.”


670. “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


671. “Decision making, like coffee, needs a cooling process.” — George Washington


672. “In time of peace, prepare for war.”


673. “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.” ~ George Washington


674. “[Death] ... the abyss from where no traveler is permitted to return.” — George Washington


675. Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.


676. “It should be the highest ambition of every American to extend his views beyond himself, and to bear in mind that his conduct will not only affect himself, his country, and his immediate posterity; but that its influence may be co-extensive with the world, and stamp political happiness or misery on ages yet unborn.” – George Washington


677. “All Freemasonry should be disbanded in America because our organization has been infiltrated by the Illuminati and they have bad intention for America and the World.”


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


679. “Leadership is not only having a vision, but also having the courage, the discipline, and the resources to get you there.”


680. “Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.”


681. “If you can’t send money, send tobacco.”


682. “In 1826, the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, they both died. They died on the same day, within a few hours of each other, and that day was the Fourth of July.”


683. “Every man thinks God is on his side. The rich and powerful know he is. Jean Anouilh, French dramatist and playwright”


684. “Speak not evil of the absent, for it is unjust.” — George Washington


685. “A person who is anxious to be a leader of the fashion, or one of the first to follow it, will certainly appear in the eyes of judicious men to have nothing better than a frequent change of dress to recommend him to notice.“


686. “Strive not with your superiors in argument, but always submit your judgment to others with modesty.” ~ George Washington


687. “Human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.”


688. “...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.”


689. “We sainted St. Tammany (King Tamanend III) because he embodied moral perfection and every divine qualification that a deity could possess. I hold him in higher esteem than the saints of the Roman Catholic Church. He'll forever be the patron saint of America.”


690. “Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.” — George Washington


691. “Every day the increasing weight of years admonishes me more and more, that the shade of retirement is as necessary to me as it will be welcome.”


692. “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?” — George Washington


693. “Be not glad at the misfortune of another, though he may be your enemy.”


694. Listen to people before making judgement.


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


696. “Where are our Men of abilities? Why do they not come forth to save their Country?” — George Washington


697. “A sensible woman can never be happy with a fool.” ~ George Washington


698. “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”


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


700. “However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterward the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.” ~ George Washington, George Washington quotes on political parties


701. “The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism.”


702. “I conceive a knowledge of books is the basis upon which other knowledge is to be built.” ~ George Washington


703. “I hope, some day or another, we shall become a storehouse and granary for the world.” – George Washington


704. “Where are our Men of abilities? Why do they not come forth to save their Country?” ~ George Washington


705. Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness. — George Washington


706. “History and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government.” ~ George Washington


707. “It is better to be alone than in bad company.” — George Washington


708. “If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”


709. “It is substantially true, that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. The rule, indeed, extends with more or less force to every species of free government.” — George Washington


710. “The harder the conflict, the greater the triumph.”


711. “Anything will give up its secrets if you love it enough. Not only have I found that when I talk to the little flower or to the little peanut they will give up their secrets, but I have found that when I silently commune with people they give up their secrets also-if you love them enough” ~ George Washington


712. “To persevere in one's duty, and be silent is the best answer to calumny”


713. Fire Tablet Giveaway… on Looking in the Rear View Mirro…


714. Seek the truth


715. “Associate yourself with men of good quality, if you esteem your reputation. Be not apt to relate news, if you know not the truth thereof. Speak no evil of the absent, for it is unjust. Undertake not what you cannot perform, but be careful to keep your promise. There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily. Nothing but harmony, honesty, industry, and frugality are necessary to make us a great and happy nation.” ~ George Washington


716. “A knowledge of books is the basis upon which other knowledge is to be built.”


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


718. “We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience. ”


719. “But lest some unlucky event should happen unfavorable to my reputation, I beg it may be remembered by every gentleman in the room that I this day declare with the utmost sincerity, I do not think myself equal to the command I am honored with.” — George Washington


720. “Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all.” ~ George Washington


721. If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.


722. “Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.” ~ George Washington


723. “George Washington did NOT say, “I'll die on my feet before I'll live on my knees!”


724. “the government both in the executive and the legislative branches must carry out in good faith the platforms upon which the party was entrusted with power. But the government is that of the whole people; the party is the instrument through which policies are determined and men chosen to bring them into being. The animosities of elections should have no place in our Government, for government must concern itself alone with the common weal.”


725. “Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone.” — George Washington

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