Quotations from George Washington, Father of Our Country

George Washington

[The Constitution] .  .  . its only keepers, the people.

−George Washington

 

A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends.

−George Washington

 

Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.

−George Washington

 

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

−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

 

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.

−George Washington

 

Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.

−George Washington

 

Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all.

−George Washington

 

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

 

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.

−George Washington

 

Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the people’s liberty’s teeth.

−George Washington

 

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

−George Washington

 

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

−George Washington

 

Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.

−George Washington

 

Every action done in company ought to be with some sign of respect to those who are present.

−George Washington.

 

Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.

−George Washington

 

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.

−George Washington

 

I have no other view than to promote the public good, and am unambitious of honors not founded in the approbation of my Country.

−George Washington

 

I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.

−George Washington

 

I walk on untrodden ground. There is scarcely any part of my conduct which may not hereafter be drawn into precedent.

−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

If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War.

−George Washington

 

It is better to be alone than in bad company.

−George Washington

 

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

−George Washington

 

It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.

−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

 

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

 

Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience.

−George Washington

 

Laws made by common consent must not be trampled on by individuals.

−George Washington

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