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By Anonym 14 Sep

George Washington

Rise early, that by habit it may become familiar, agreeable, healthy, and profitable.

By Anonym 14 Sep

George Washington

The future of this nation depends on the Christian training of our youth.

By Anonym 13 Sep

George Washington

Be easy and condescending in your deportment to your officers, but not too familiar, lest you subject yourself to a want of respect, which is necessary to support a proper command.

By Anonym 15 Sep

George Washington

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

George Washington

My policy has been, and will continue to be, while I have the honor to remain in the administration of the government, to be upon friendly terms with, but independent of, all the nations of the earth. To share in the broils of none. To fulfil our own engagements. To supply the wants, and be carriers for them all: Being thoroughly convinced that it is our policy and interest to do so.

By Anonym 15 Sep

George Washington

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

George Washington

Excessive partiality for one foreign nation and excessive dislike of another cause those whom they actuate to see danger only on one side, and serve to veil and even second the arts of influence on the other. Real patriots who may resist the intrigues of the favorite are liable to become suspected and odious, while its tools and dupes usurp the applause and confidence of the people, to surrender their interests.

By Anonym 14 Sep

George Washington

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

George Washington

The constitution vests the power of declaring war in Congress; therefore no offensive expedition of importance can be undertaken until after they shall have deliberated upon the subject and authorized such a measure.

By Anonym 15 Sep

George Washington

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

George Washington

A people... who are possessed of the spirit of commerce, who see and who will pursue their advantages may achieve almost anything.

By Anonym 15 Sep

George Washington

To expect ... the same service from raw and undisciplined recruits, as from veteran soldiers, is to expect what never did and perhaps never will happen. Men, who are familiarized to danger, meet it without shrinking; whereas troops unused to service often apprehend danger where no danger is.

By Anonym 13 Sep

George Washington

Be not forward, but friendly and courteous; the first to salute, hear and answer; and be not pensive when it is time to converse.

By Anonym 13 Sep

George Washington

I have no other view than to promote the public good, and am unambitious of honors not founded in the approbation of my Country.

By Anonym 13 Sep

George Washington

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

George Washington

To contract new debts is not the way to pay old ones.

By Anonym 15 Sep

George Washington

The United States enjoy a scene of prosperity and tranquility under the new government that could hardly have been hoped for.

By Anonym 14 Sep

George Washington

My ardent desire is... to keep the United States free from political connexions with every other Country. To see that they may be independent of all, and under the influence of none.

By Anonym 13 Sep

George Washington

I have always given it as my decided opinion that no nation had a right to intermeddle in the internal concerns of another; that every one had a right to form and adopt whatever government they liked best to live under themselves.

By Anonym 14 Sep

George Washington

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

George Washington

So far as I am acquainted with the principles and doctrines of Freemasonry, I conceive it to be founded in benevolence and to be exercised only for the good of mankind.

By Anonym 15 Sep

George Washington

The time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be freemen or slaves; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their houses and farms are to be pillaged and destroyed, and themselves consigned to a state of wretchedness from which no human efforts will deliver them. The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army. Our cruel and unrelenting enemy leaves us only the choice of brave resistance, or the most abject submission. We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer or die.

By Anonym 14 Sep

George Washington

One thing and only one thing a Masonic Lodge can give its members which they can get nowhere else in the world. That one thing is Masonry.

By Anonym 13 Sep

George Washington

I heard the bullets whistle-- and believe me, there is something charming in the sound.

By Anonym 13 Sep

George Washington

Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.

By Anonym 13 Sep

George Washington

Honesty is always the best policy.

By Anonym 13 Sep

George Washington

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

George Washington

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

George Washington

I assure you very explicitly, that in my opinion the conscientious scruples of all men should be treated with great delicacy and tenderness: and it is my wish and desire, that the laws may always be extensively accommodated to them, as a due regard for the protection and essential interests of the nation may justify and permit.

By Anonym 14 Sep

George Washington

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

George Washington

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

George Washington

When once the woman has tempted us, and we have tasted the forbidden fruit, there is no such thing as checking our appetites, whatever the consequences may be.

By Anonym 15 Sep

George Washington

The tribute that is due to the talents, the rectitude, and the patriotism which adorn the characters selected to devise and adopt them. In these honorable qualifications, I behold the surest pledges, that as on one side, no local prejudices, or attachments; no seperate views, nor party animosities, will misdirect the comprehensive and equal eye which ought to watch over this great assemblage of communities and interests: so, on another, that the foundations of our National policy will be laid in the pure and immutable principles of private morality...

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George Washington

My aim has been... to keep the United States... independent of all and under the influence of none.

By Anonym 14 Sep

George Washington

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

George Washington

Your late purchase of an estate in the colony of Cayenne, with a view to emancipating the slaves on it, is a generous and noble proof of your humanity. Would to God a like spirit would diffuse itself generally into the minds of the people of this country; but I despair of seeing it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

George Washington

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.

By Anonym 13 Sep

George Washington

A part of the plan for creating discord, is, I perceive, to make me say things of others, and others of me, wch. have no foundation in truth. The first, in many instances I know to be the case; and the second I believe to be so; but truth or falsehood is immaterial to them, provided their objects are promoted.

By Anonym 13 Sep

George Washington

From thinking proceeds speaking; thence to acting is often but a single step. But how irrevocable and tremendous!

By Anonym 15 Sep

George Washington

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

George Washington

I now make it my earnest prayer, that God would have you, and the State over which you preside, in his holy protection... and finally, that he would most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacifick temper of the mind, which were the characteristicks of the divine Author of our blessed religion ; without an humble imitation of whose example, in these things, we can never hope to be a happy Nation.

By Anonym 13 Sep

George Washington

I die hard but am not afraid to go.

By Anonym 13 Sep

George Washington

By an ambitious chieftain, aiming only to aggrandize himself and establish his power, the subject might have been regarded in a different light; but the designs and actions of Washington centred in nobler objects, the freedom, tranquillity, and happiness of his country, in which he was to participate equally with every other citizen, neither seeking nor expecting any other preeminence than that of having been an instrument in the hand of Providence.

By Anonym 14 Sep

George Washington

It is incumbent upon every person of every description to contribute to his country's welfare.

By Anonym 15 Sep

George Washington

To point out the importance of circumspection in your conduct, it may be proper to observe that a good moral character is the first essential in a man, and that the habits contracted at your age are generally indelible, and your conduct here may stamp your character through life. It is therefore highly important that you should endeavor not only to be learned but virtuous.

By Anonym 13 Sep

George Washington

Good company will always be found much less expensive than bad.

By Anonym 13 Sep

George Washington

At a distance from the theatre of action, truth is not always related without embellishment, and sometimes is entirely perverted, from a misconception of the causes which produce the effects that are the subjects of censure.

By Anonym 13 Sep

George Washington

A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man, that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of his friends, and that the most liberal professions of good will are very far from being the surest marks of it. I should be happy that my own experience had afforded fewer examples of the little dependence to be placed upon them.

By Anonym 13 Sep

George Washington

If we are wise, let us prepare for the worst.

By Anonym 13 Sep

George Washington

Discipline is the soul of an army.