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George Washington quotes (45)
We ought not to look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors and for the purpose of profiting by dear-bought experience.
George Washington Category: Experience
In proportion as the structure of a government gives force to public opinion it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened.
George Washington Category: Public
The new constitution established a president with powers unheard of in the republican United States. Some even wanted him to be king a thought that GW found ludicrous: What astonishing changes a few years are capable of producing! I am told that even respectable characters speak of a monarchical form of government without horror. From thinking proceeds speaking thence to acting is often but a single step. But how irrevocable and tremendous! What a triumph for the advocates of despotism to find that we are incapable of governing ourselves and that systems founded on the basis of equal liberty are merely ideal & fallacious!
George Washington Category: Constitution
To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving the peace.
George Washington Category: Peace
True friendship is a plant of slow growth.
George Washington Category: Proverb
I know [patriotism] exists and I know it has done much in the present contest. But a great and lasting war can never be supported on this principle alone. It must be aided by a prospect of interest or some reward.
George Washington Category: Patriotism
I conceive that a knowledge of books is the basis on which all other knowledge rests.
George Washington Category: Book
Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.
George Washington Category: Crime
There is nothing so likely to produce peace as to be well prepared to meet the enemy.
George Washington Category: Prepare
Whereas 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 to implore His protection and favor and; Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint committee
George Washington Category: Nation
When you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way you will command the world.
Dr. George Washington Carver Category: Common
I go to the chair of government with feelings not unlike those of a culprit who is going to the place of his execution.
George Washington Category: Government
It is a maxim founded on the universal experience of mankind that no nation is to be trusted farther than it is bound by its interest.
George Washington Category: Epigrams
Let your heart feel for the affliction and distress of everyone.
George Washington Category: Heart
Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.
Dr. George Washington Carver Category: Factory
Nature is an unlimited broadcasting station through which God speaks to us every hour if we only will tune in.
Dr. George Washington Carver Category: Nature
Worry the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.
George Washington Category: Anxiety
The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered ... deeply ... finally staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.
George Washington Category: Liberty
Distinction is the consequence never the object of a great mind.
George Washington Allston Category: Mind
We ought to be persuaded that the propitious smiles of heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which heaven itself has ordained.
George Washington Category: Law
Anything will give up its secrets if you love it enough.
Dr. George Washington Carver Category: Love
Mankind when left to themselves are unfit for their own government.
George Washington Category: Mankind
Undertake not what you can not perform but be careful to keep your promises.
George Washington Category: Promise
Where there is no vision there is no hope.
Dr. George Washington Carver Category: Doctor
I attribute my success in life to the moral intellectual and physical education which I received from my mother.
George Washington Category: Success
To err is natural; to rectify error is glory.
George Washington Category: Error
Reason too late perhaps may convince you of the folly of misspending time.
George Washington Category: Time
Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness of the woods before sunrise.
Dr. George Washington Carver Category: Beauty
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 Category: Ambition
If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led like sheep to the slaughter.
George Washington Category: Speak
Labour to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fireconscience.
George Washington Category: Conscience
I die hard but am not afraid to go.
George Washington Category: Last
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 Category: Defense
True 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 Category: Friendship
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 strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.
Dr. George Washington Carver Category: All
Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable procures success to the weak and esteem to all.
George Washington Category: Army
Be courteous to all but intimate with few; and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.
George Washington Category: Adversity
T is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world.
George Washington Category: Force
France ... a nation of forty millions with a deep-rooted grievance and an iron curtain at its frontier.
George Washington Crile Category: Unsorted
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 Category: Alone
When it was reported to General Washington that the army was frequently indulging in swearing he immediately sent out the following order: The general is sorry to be informed that the foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing a vice little known heretofore in the American army is growing into fashion. Let the men and officers reflect that we can not hope for the blessing of heaven on our army if we insult it by our impiety and folly.
George Washington Category: President
I am once more seated under my own vine and fig tree ... and hope to spend the remainder of my days in peaceful retirement making political pursuits yield to the more rational amusement of cultivating the earth.
George Washington Category: Unsorted
Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty.
George Washington Category: Military
Our countrys honor calls upon us for a vigorous and manly exertion; and if we now shamefully fail we shall become infamous to the whole world.
George Washington Category: Country
The beating on the tail of the snake may stop his progress a little but the more vital parts must be struck before his poisonous death-dealing venom will be wiped out.
Dr. George Washington Carver Category: Unsorted