Almighty God, we make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy holy protection that Thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government
Following his brief inaugural address to the Congress, President George Washington and his party walked over to St. Pauls Church for divine services. His prayer that afternoon was 'Almighty God, we make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government to entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow-citizens of the United States at large.'
I am sure that never was a people, who had more reason to acknowledge a Divine interposition in their affairs, than those of the United States and I should be pained to believe that they have forgotten that agency, which was so often manifested during our Revolution, or that they failed to consider the omnipotence of that God who is alone able to protect them.
It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company.
I can only say that there is not a man living who wishes more sincerely than I do to see a plan adopted for the abolition of slavery.
Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation. It is better be alone than in bad company.
Why should I expect to be exempt from censure the unfailing lot of an elevated station My Heart tells me it has been my unremitted aim to do the best circumstances would permit yet, I may have been very often mistaken in my judgment of the means,
I die hard but am not afraid to go.
In a free and republican government, you cannot restrain the voice of the multitude
Laws made by common consent must not be trampled on by individuals.
Let your countenance be pleasant, but in serious matters, let it be somewhat grave.
Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience.
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.
Confirm thy soul in self-control.
Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness
It is not the custom with me to keep money to look at
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.
Reason, too late perhaps, may convince you of the folly of misspending time.
To err is nature, to rectify error is glory.
Many Founding Fathers wrote extensively on the subject. Thomas Jefferson said, What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance Let them take arms. ... A free people ought to be armed.
It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it.
If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.
I go to the chair of government with feelings not unlike those of a culprit who is going to the place of his execution.
I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandman's cares.
One of George Washington's main concerns was to make sure that his soldiers had adequate supplies of meat A part of the army has been a week without any kind of flesh, and the rest three or four days. Naked and starving as they are, we cannot enough admire the incomparable patience and fidelity of the soldiery, that they have not been ere this excited by their suffering to a general mutiny and dispersion.
The aggregate happiness of society, which is best promoted by the practice of a virtuous policy, is, or ought to be, the end of all government
The very idea of the power and right of the people to establish government presupposes the duty of every individual to obey the established government.
Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth.
Written about Washington after his death by another of the founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson His mind was great and powerful ... as far as he saw, no judgment was ever sounder. It was slow in operation, being little aided by invention or imagination, but sure in conclusion.... Perhaps the strongest feature in his character was prudence, never acting until every circumstance, every consideration, was maturely weighed refraining if he saw doubt, but, when once decided, going through his purpose, whatever obstacles opposed. His integrity was the most pure, his justice the most inflexible I have ever known.... He was, indeed, in every sense of the words, a wise, a good and a great man ... On the whole, his character was, in its mass, perfect ... it may truly be said, that never did nature and fortune combine more perfectly to make a man great....
In the appointments to the great offices of the government, my aim has been to combine geographical situation, and sometimes other considerations, with abilities and fitness of known characters
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