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  • Experience teaches us that it is much easier to prevent an enemy from posting themselves than it is to dislodge them after they have got possession.
    (George Washington)

  • As Mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of thecommunity are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality.
    (George Washington)

  • An army of asses led by a lion is better than an army of lions led by an ass.
    (George Washington)

  • Experience has taught us that men will not adopt and carry into execution measures the best calculated for their own good without the intervention of a coercive power.
    (George Washington)

  • It is well, I die hard, but I am not afraid to go. Dec. 14, 1977
    (George Washington)


  • The consciousness of having attempted faithfully to discharge my duty, and the approbation of my Country will be a sufficient recompense for my Services
    (George Washington)

  • No man is a warmer advocate for proper restraints and wholesome checks in every department of government than I am but I have never yet been able to discover the propriety of placing it absolutely out of the power of men to render essential services.
    (George Washington)

  • The consideration that human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected will always continue to prompt me to promote the former by inculcating the practice of the latter.
    (George Washington)

  • In executing the duties of my present important station, I can promise nothing but purity of intentions, and, in carrying these into effect, fidelity and diligence
    (George Washington)

  • It may be laid down as a primary position, and the basis of our system, that every Citizen who enjoys the protection of a Free Government, owes not only a proportion of his property, but even of his personal services to the defense of it.
    (George Washington)

  • What we're trying to do is use some of the same legal tactics that have been so effective against the public health problem of smoking against the other public health problem of obesity,
    (George Washington)

  • Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone, and let your hand give in proportion to your purse.
    (George Washington)

  • Mankind, when left to themselves, are unfit for their own government.
    (George Washington)

  • My brave fellows, ... you have done all I asked you to do and more than could be reasonably expected. But this country is at stake, your wives, your homes and everything you hold dear. You have borne yourself up with fatigues and hardships, but we know not how to spare you. If you consent to stay one month longer, you will render that service to the cause of liberty and this country which you probably could never do under any other circumstances.
    (George Washington)

  • When a people shall have become incapable of governing themselves, and fit for a master, it is of little consequence from what quarter he comes
    (George Washington)


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