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  • It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.
    (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)

  • It gave us a chance to reassess what our country stands for, what our freedoms mean and what our responsibility is,
    (George Washington)

  • The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.
    (George Washington)

  • I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education which I received from my mother.
    (George Washington)


  • When a man does all he can, though it succeeds not well, blame not him that did it.
    (George Washington)

  • The first cat we auditioned was totally black. It made me a little nervous. I was glad to see that Mr. Ed had a little white spot on his chest.
    (George Washington)

  • Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.
    (George Washington)

  • Do not conceive that fine clothes make fine men, any more than fine feathers make fine birds. A plain, genteel dress is more admired, obtains more credit in the eyes of the judicious and sensible.
    (George Washington)

  • The new constitution established a president with powers unheard of in the republican United States. Some even wanted him to be king, a thought that GW found ludicrous What astonishing changes a few years are capable of producing I am told that even respectable characters speak of a monarchical form of government without horror. From thinking proceeds speaking, thence to acting is often but a single step. But how irrevocable and tremendous What a triumph for the advocates of despotism to find that we are incapable of governing ourselves, and that systems founded on the basis of equal liberty are merely ideal fallacious.
    (George Washington)

  • I conceive that a knowledge of books is the basis on which all other knowledge rests.
    (George Washington)

  • Our own Country's Honor, all call upon us for a vigorous and manly exertion, and if we now shamefully fail, we shall become infamous to the whole world. Let us therefore rely upon the goodness of the Cause, and the aid of the supreme Being, in whose hands Victory is, to animate and encourage us to great and noble Actions...
    (George Washington)

  • Not only do I pray for it, on the score of human dignity, but I can clearly foresee that nothing but the rooting out of slavery can perpetuate the existence of our union, by consolidating it in a common bond of principle
    (George Washington)

  • Unless there's a judge somewhere who is just dying for a case like this, I think it will be put to an end on Friday.
    (George Washington)

  • with black feathery trim -- because the founding father was ''so stiff.
    (George Washington)


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