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 George Washington Quotes 

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

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

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

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

Nothing can illustrate illustrate these observations more forcibly, than a recollection recollection of the happy conjecture conjecture of times and circumstances, circumstances, under which our Republic assumed its rank among the Nations; The foundation of our Empire was not laid in the gloomy gloomy age of Ignorance and Superstition, Superstition, but at an Epoch when the rights of mankind were better understood and more clearly defined, than at any former former period, the researches of the human mind, after social happiness, have been carried to a great extent, extent, the Treasures of knowledge, acquired acquired by the labours of Philosophers, Sages and Legislatures, through a long succession 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; the free cultivation cultivation of Letters, the unbounded extension of Commerce, the progressive refinement refinement of Manners, the growing liberality liberality of sentiment... have had a ameliorating ameliorating influence on mankind and increased the blessings of Society. At this auspicious auspicious period, the United United States came into came into existence existence as a Nation, and if their Citizens should not be completely free and happy, the fault will be entirely entirely their own

Guard against the impostures of pretended pretended patriotism.

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

Few men have virtue virtue to withstand withstand the highest bidder

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

the harder the conflict, conflict, the greater the triumph. triumph.

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

I regret regret exceedingly that the disputes disputes between the protestants and Roman Catholics Catholics should be carried to the serious alarming alarming height mentioned mentioned in your letters. Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony acrimony and irreconcilable hatreds than those which spring from any other cause; and I was not without hopes that the enlightened enlightened and liberal liberal policy of the present age would have put an effectual stop to contentions contentions of this kind

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our cruel and unrelenting Enemy leaves us no choice but a brave resistance, or the most abject abject submission; this is all we can expect We have therefore to resolve resolve to conquer conquer or die: Our own Country's Honor, all call upon us for a vigorous vigorous and manly exertion, exertion, and if we now shamefully fail, we shall become infamous infamous to the whole whole world. Let Let us therefore rely 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 Tyranny meditated against them. Let Let us therefore animate and encourage each other, and shew the whole whole world, that a Freeman contending contending for Liberty Liberty on his own ground is superior to any slavish mercenary mercenary on earth.

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

Nothing is more essential, essential, than that permanent, inveterate inveterate antipathies antipathies against particular particular Nations, and passionate attachments for others, should be excluded; excluded; and that, in place of them, just and amicable amicable feelings towards all should be cultivated. cultivated.

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

The Nation, which indulges indulges towards another another an habitual habitual hatred, or an habitual habitual fondness, fondness, is in some degree a slave. slave. It is a slave slave to its animosity animosity or to its affection, affection, either of which is sufficient sufficient to lead it astray lead it astray from its duty and its interest. ... The Nation, prompted prompted by ill will and resentment, resentment, sometimes impels to war the Government, contrary contrary to the best calculations of policy. The Government sometimes participates in the national propensity, propensity, and adopts adopts through passion what reason would reject; reject; at other times, it makes the animosity animosity of the nation subservient subservient to projects of hostility instigated instigated by pride, ambition, ambition, and other sinister sinister and pernicious pernicious motives. The peace often, often, sometimes perhaps perhaps the liberty, liberty, of Nations has been the victim. victim.

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

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

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

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, opinion, it is essential essential that public opinion opinion should be enlightened. enlightened.

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

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

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

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 drenched with blood or inhabited inhabited by slaves. slaves. Sad alternative! alternative! But can a virtuous virtuous man hesitate hesitate in his choice?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. frailty. Neither can I believe that the individual survives survives the death of his body, although feeble feeble souls harbor harbor such thoughts through fear or ridiculous ridiculous egotism. egotism. Albert Einstein, German born American physicist

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

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