George Washington Quotes (182 Quotes)


    Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.

    Thus supported by a firm trust in the Great Arbiter of the Universe, aided by the collected wisdom of the Union, and imploring the divine benediction on our joint exertions in the service of our country, I readily engage with you in the arduous but p

    'T is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world.

    To persevere in one's duty, and be silent is the best answer to calumny.

    Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.


    Bad seed is a robbery of the worst kind: for your pocket-book not only suffers by it, but your preparations are lost and a season passes away unimproved.

    Government is not reason and it is not eloquence. It is force Like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.


    There is an option still left to the United States of America, that it is in their choice and depends upon their conduct, whether they will be respectable and prosperous or contemptible and miserable as a Nation

    It is a maxim founded on the universal experience of mankind that no nation is to be trusted farther than it is bound by its interest.

    Lenience will operate with greater force, in some instances than rigor. It is therefore my first wish to have all of my conduct distinguished by it.

    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.

    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 and that, if this c.

    Some day, following the example of the United States of America, there will be a United States of Europe.

    We ought to be persuaded that the propitious smiles of heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which heaven itself has ordained.

    An ambassador has no need of spies his character is always sacred.

    Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.

    My manner of living is plain and I do not mean to be put out of it. A glass of wine and a bit of mutton are always ready.

    It is only after time has been given for a cool and deliberate reflection that the real voice of the people can be known

    True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity, before it is entitled to the appellation.




    The basis of our political system is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government.

    That a national university in this country is a thing to be desired, has always been my decided opinion

    On April 30, 1789, George Washington, standing on the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York, took his oath of office as the first President of the United States. Of this he wrote to James Madison As the first of every thing, in our situation will serve to establish a Precedent, it is devoutly wished on my part, that these precedents may be fixed on true principles.

    The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered ... deeply, ... finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.


    Experience is the surest standard by which to test the real tendency of the existing Constitution of a country

    There can be no greater error than to expect, or calculate, upon real favors from nation to nation. It is an illusion which experience must cure, which a just pride ought to discard.


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