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  • It is not the custom with me to keep money to look at
    (George Washington)

  • 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)

  • Reason, too late perhaps, may convince you of the folly of misspending time.
    (George Washington)

  • To err is nature, to rectify error is glory.
    (George Washington)

  • 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.
    (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)

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

  • I go to the chair of government with feelings not unlike those of a culprit who is going to the place of his execution.
    (George Washington)

  • 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.
    (George Washington)

  • 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.
    (George Washington)

  • 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
    (George Washington)

  • 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.
    (George Washington)

  • Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth.
    (George Washington)

  • 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....
    (George Washington)

  • 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
    (George Washington)


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