George Washington Quotes on War & Peace (11 Quotes)


    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 thisprinciple alone. It must be aided by a prospect of interest, or some reward.

    Avoiding likewise the accumulation of debt, not only by shunning occasions of expense, but by vigorous exertions in time of peace to discharge the debts which unavoidable wars have occasioned, not ungenerously throwing upon posterity the burthen whic

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

    War - An act of violence whose object is to constrain the enemy, to accomplish our will.

    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.


    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 b.

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

    Nothing short of self-respect and that justice which is essential to a national character ought to involve us in war for sure I am, if this country is preserved in tranquillity twenty years longer, it may bid defiance, in a just cause, to any power

    Avoiding occasions of expense by cultivating peace, we should remember also that timely disbursements to prepare for danger frequently prevent much greater disbursements to repel it

    It is my most ardent desire, not only to soften the inevitable calamities of war, but even to introduce on every occasion as great a share of tenderness and humanity, as can possibly be exercised in a state of hostility

    The power of making war often prevents it, and in our case would give efficacy to our desire of peace


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