George Washington Quotes

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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 Source:


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 Source:


'Tis our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world. George Washington Source: "My policy has been, and will continue to be, while I have the honor to remain in the administration of the government, to be upon friendly terms with, but independent of, all the nations of the earth. To share in the broils of none. To fulfil our own engagements. To supply the wants, and be carriers for them all: Being thoroughly convinced that it is our policy and interest to do so." George Washington Source: 1795 - letter to Gouverneur Morris, Ref: Washington's Maxims, 54.


"The name of AMERICAN, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations." George Washington Source:

Bad Company

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 Source: 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 Source:

Be Wise

"If we are wise, let us prepare for the worst." George Washington Source:

Being President

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


"No country upon earth ever had it more in its power to attain these blessings than United America. Wondrously strange, then, and much to be regretted indeed would it be, were we to neglect the means and to depart from the road which Providence has pointed us to so plainly; I cannot believe it will ever come to pass." George Washington Source: 1788, in a letter to Benjamin Lincoln, Ref: George Washington: A Collection, W.B. Allen, ed. (521)


The tumultuous populace of large cities are ever to be dreaded. Their indiscriminate violence prostrates for the time all public authority, and its consequences are sometimes extensive and terrible. George Washington Source:

Citizen Soldier

When we assumed the Soldier, we did not lay aside the Citizen. George Washington Source:


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


Labour to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience. George Washington Source:

Conquer or Die

"The time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be freemen or slaves; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their houses and farms are to be pillaged and destroyed, and themselves consigned to a state of wretchedness from which no human efforts will deliver them. The fate of unborn millions will now depend on God, on the courage and conduct of this army. Our cruel and unrelenting enemy leaves us only the choice of brave resistance, or the most abject submission. We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer or die." George Washington Founding Father, 1st US President, 'Father of the Country' Source:July 2, 1776, in orders sent to his officers explaining the war effort


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 Source:


I hate deception, even where the imagaination only is concerned. George Washington Source:Letter to Dr. Cochran, Aug 16, 1779


To contract new debts is not the way to pay old ones. George Washington Source:Letter to James Welsh, April 7, 1799 "No pecuniary consideration is more urgent, than the regular redemption and discharge of the public debt: on none can delay be more injurious, or an economy of time more valuable." George Washington Founding Father, 1st US President, 'Father of the Country' Source: 1793, Message to the House of Representatives, Ref: Washington's Maxims, 64


"The spirit of encroachment tends to consolidate the powers of all the departments in one, and thus to create whatever the form of government, a real despotism. A just estimate of that love of power, and proneness to abuse it, which predominates in the human heart is sufficient to satisfy us of the truth of this position." -- George Washington Source: Farewell Address, September 17, 1796, Ref: George Washington: A Collection, W.B. Allen, ed. (521)


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


Time may unfold more, than prudence ought to disclose. George Washington Source:Letter to Henry Lee July 21, 1793


"There can be no greater error than to expect or calculate upon real favors from nation to nation." George Washington


The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference - they deserve a place of honor with all that's good. George Washington Source: When firearms go, all goes. We need them every hour. George Washington Source:

Foreign Affairs

"Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence (I conjure you to believe me, fellow-citizens,) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove, that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of Republican Government. But that jealousy, to be useful, must be impartial; else it becomes the instrument of the very influence to be avoided, instead of a defence against it. Excessive partiality for one foreign nation, and excessive dislike of another, cause those whom they actuate to see danger only on one side, and serve to veil and even second the arts of influence on the other. Real patriots, who may resist the intrigues of the favorite, are liable to become suspected and odious; while its tools and dupes usurp the applause and confidence of the people, to surrender their interests." George Washington Source: Farewell Address, September 17, 1796, Ref: George Washington: A Collection, W.B. Allen, ed. (521)

Freedom of Speech

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


The opinion and advice of my friends I receive at all times as a proof of their friendship and am thankful when they are offered. George Washington Source:Letter to Robert Livingston, June 29, 1780


True 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 Source: 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 Source:


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


Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected. George Washington Source:


The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments. George Washington Source:

Last Words

It is well, I die hard, but I am not afraid to go. George Washington Source:Bartletts Familiar Quitations


An army of asses led by a lion is better than an army of lions led by an ass. George Washington Source:


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. George Washington Source:


As Mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community 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 Source:


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 Source: Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth. George Washington Source:


Mankind, when left to themselves, are unfit for their own government. George Washington Source:


Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty. George Washington Source:

Paper Money

"Paper money has had the effect in your state that it will ever have, to ruin commerce, oppress the honest, and open the door to every species of fraud and injustice." George Washington Source: in letter to J. Bowen, Rhode Island, Jan. 9, 1787


We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience. George Washington Source:


Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism. George Washington Source:


As to pay, Sir, I beg leave to assure the Congress that as no pecuniary consideration could have tempted me to accept this arduous employment at the expense of my domestic ease and happiness, I do not wish to make any profit from it. George Washington Source: in Congress on his appointment as Commander-in-Chief


To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace. George Washington Source: Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all. George Washington Source:


Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness. George Washington Source:

Public Good

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 Source:


Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle. George Washington Source:

Right of the People

The basis of our political system is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of gevernment. George Washington Source:Farewell Address 9-17-1766


Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair; the rest is in the hands of God. George Washington Source:


Let us look to our National character, and to things beyond the present period. No Morn ever dawned more favourable than ours did-and no day was ever more clouded than the present! Wisdom, & good examples are necessary at this time to rescue the political machine from the impending storm." George Washington Letter to James Madison, Nov. 5, 1786


"Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be." George Washington - From the Proclamation of National Thanksgiving Source:


Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light. George Washington Source:


"While, then, every part of our country thus feels an immediate and particular interest in Union, all the parts combined cannot fail to find in the united mass of means and efforts greater strength, greater resource, proportionably greater security from external danger, a less frequent interruption of their peace by foreign nations... Hence, likewise, they will avoid the necessity of those overgrown military establishments, which, under any form of government, are inauspicious to liberty, and which are to be regarded as particularly hostile to Republican Liberty. In this sense it is, that your Union ought to be considered as a main prop of your liberty, and that the love of the one ought to endear to you the preservation of the other." George Washington Source: Farewell Address, September 17, 1796, Ref: George Washington: A Collection, W.B. Allen, ed. (521)


Few men have the virtue to withstand the highest bidder. George Washington Source: 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 Source:


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 Source: War - An act of violence whose object is to constrain the enemy, to accomplish our will. George Washington Source: My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth. George Washington Source:

War and Peace

"To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace." George Washington


Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble. George Washington Source:

When Washington Was President

1789 (07 jan)- 1st national (Presidential) election in US
1789 (21 jan)- 1st American novel, WH Brown's "The Power of Sympathy", is published
1789 (23 jan)- Georgetown, 1st US Catholic college, founded 
1789 (04 feb)- 1st electoral college chooses Washington & Adams as President & Vice 
1789 (04 mar)- 1st Congress declares constitution in effect (9 senators, 13 
1789 (11 mar)- Benjamin Banneker with L'Enfant begin to lay out Washington DC
1789 (12 mar)- US Post Office established 
1789 (01 apr)- House of Representatives 1st full meeting, New York NY, F Muhlenberg 1st 
1789 (21 apr)- John Adams sworn in as 1st US Vice President (9 days before  Washington)
1789 (23 apr)- President-elect George Washington moves into Franklin House, New York
1789 (28 apr)- Fletcher Christian leads Mutiny on HMS Bounty & Captain William Bligh
1789 (30 apr)- George Washington inaugurated as 1st President of US
1789 (01 jun)- 1st US congressional act becomes law (on administering oaths) 
1789 (07 aug)- US War Department established
1789 (27 aug)- French Natl Assembly issues "Decl of the Rights of Man & the Citizen" 
1789 (28 aug)- Sir William Herschel discovers Saturn's moon Enceladus
1789 (02 sep)- US Treasury Department established by Congress
1789 (11 sep)- Alexander Hamilton appointed Secretary of the Treasury 
1789 (13 sep)- 1st loan to US Govt (from NYC banks)
1789 (15 sep)- Dept of Foreign Affairs, renamed the Dept of State
1789 (17 sep)- William Herschel discovers Mimas, satellite of Saturn
1789 (22 sep)- Office of Postmaster General of the US established by Congress
1789 (25 sep)- Congress proposes Bill of Rights (10 of 12 will ratify)
1789 (26 sep)- Jefferson appointed 1st Sec of State; John Jay 1st chief justice;
               Samuel Osgood 1st Postmaster & Edmund J Randolph 1st Attorney Genl 
1789 (29 sep)- 1st congress adjourns
1789 (29 sep)- US War Dept established a regular army 
1789 (03 oct)- Washington proclaims the 1st national Thanksgiving Day on Nov 26
1789 (20 nov)- New Jersey becomes 1st state to ratify Bill of Rights
1789 (21 nov)- North Carolina ratifies constitution, becomes 12th US state
1789 (26 nov)- 1st national thanksgiving
1790 (01 feb)- Supreme Court convenes for the 1st time (New York NY)
1790 (11 feb)- Society of Friends petitions Congress for abolition of slavery
1790 (01 mar)- 1st US census authorized
1790 (22 mar)- Thomas Jefferson becomes the 1st US Secretary of State
1790 (26 mar)- Congress passes Naturalization Act, requires 2-year residency
1790 (27 mar)- The shoelace invented
1790 (03 apr)- Revenue Marine Service (US Coast Guard), created
1790 (10 apr)- US Patent system is established
1790 (10 apr)- Robert Gray is 1st American to circumnavigate the Earth
1790 (17 apr)- Benjamin Franklin US, (Poor Richard's Almanac), dies at 84
1790 (26 may)- Territory South of River Ohio created by Congress
1790 (29 may)- Rhode Island becomes last of original 13 colonies ratifying 
1790 (31 may)- US copyright law enacted
1790 (16 jul)- Congress establishes District of Columbia
1790 (26 jul)- US passes Assumption bill making US responsible for state debts
1790 (31 jul)- 1st US patent granted, to Samuel Hopkins for a potash process
1790 (01 aug)- 1st US census (population of 3,939,214)
1790 (04 aug)- US Coast Guard founded as Revenue Cutter Service
1790 (09 aug)- Columbia becomes 1st US flagged ship to voyage around the world
1790 (28 oct)- New York gives up claims to Vermont for $30,000
1791 (25 feb)- 1st Bank of US chartered
1791 (03 mar)- 1st Internal Revenue Act (taxing distilled spirits & carriages)
1791 (03 mar)- Congress establishes US Mint
1791 (04 mar)- 1st Jewish member of US Congress, Israel Jacobs (Pennsylvania), 
               takes office
1791 (04 mar)- President Washington calls the US Senate into its 1st special 
1791 (04 mar)- Vermont admitted as 14th state (1st addition to the 13 colonies)
1791 (09 mar)- George Hayward, Us, surgeon, 1st to use ether
1791 (10 mar)- John Stone, Concord MA, patents a pile driver
1791 (11 mar)- Samuel Mulliken, Philadelphia PA, is 1st to obtain more than 1 
               US patent
1791 (21 mar)- Captain Hopley Yeaton of New Hampshire becomes 1st commissioned 
               officer in USN
1791 (26 aug)- John Fitch grants US patent for his working steamboat
1791 (15 nov)- 1st Catholic college in US, Georgetown, opens
1791 (12 dec)- Bank of the US opens
1791 (15 dec)- Bill of Rights ratified when Virginia gave its approval 
1791 (15 dec)- 1st US law school established at University of Pennsylvania
1791 (17 dec)- NYC traffic regulation creates 1st 1-way street

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