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"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

"Let your Discourse with men of business be short and comprehensive."
George Washington

'Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth."
George Washington

"Mankind, when left to themselves, are unfit for their own government."
George Washington

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

"Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation."
George Washington

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

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

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

"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



"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

"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

"How soon we forget history... Government is not reason. Government is not eloquence. It is force. And, like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."
George Washington

"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

"I walk on untrodden ground. There is scarcely any part of my conduct which may not hereafter be drawn into precedent."
George Washington

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

"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."
George Washington

"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

"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

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

"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."
George Washington



"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."
George Washington

"Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all."
George Washington

"Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty."
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"The foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing is a vice so mean and low that every person of sense and character detests and despises it."
George Washington



"The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion."
George Washington

"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

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

"Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble."
George Washington











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