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George Washington quotes (45)

Let your heart feel for the affliction and distress of everyone.
George Washington   Category: Heart

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

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

Distinction is the consequence never the object of a great mind.
George Washington Allston   Category: Mind

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.
George Washington   Category: Law

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

Anything will give up its secrets if you love it enough.
Dr. George Washington Carver   Category: Love

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God to obey His will to be grateful for His benefits and humbly to implore His protection and favor and; Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint committee
George Washington   Category: Nation

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   Category: Friendship

When it was reported to General Washington that the army was frequently indulging in swearing he immediately sent out the following order: The general is sorry to be informed that the foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing a vice little known heretofore in the American army is growing into fashion. Let the men and officers reflect that we can not hope for the blessing of heaven on our army if we insult it by our impiety and folly.
George Washington   Category: President

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   Category: Constitution

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

Nature is an unlimited broadcasting station through which God speaks to us every hour if we only will tune in.
Dr. George Washington Carver   Category: Nature

Labour to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fireconscience.
George Washington   Category: Conscience

Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.
Dr. George Washington Carver   Category: Factory

France ... a nation of forty millions with a deep-rooted grievance and an iron curtain at its frontier.
George Washington Crile   Category: Unsorted

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   Category: Ambition

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   Category: Alone

Undertake not what you can not perform but be careful to keep your promises.
George Washington   Category: Promise

I am once more seated under my own vine and fig tree ... and hope to spend the remainder of my days in peaceful retirement making political pursuits yield to the more rational amusement of cultivating the earth.
George Washington   Category: Unsorted

I go to the chair of government with feelings not unlike those of a culprit who is going to the place of his execution.
George Washington   Category: Government

When you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way you will command the world.
Dr. George Washington Carver   Category: Common

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

To err is natural; to rectify error is glory.
George Washington   Category: Error

Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness of the woods before sunrise.
Dr. George Washington Carver   Category: Beauty

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   Category: Defense

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   Category: Military

Reason too late perhaps may convince you of the folly of misspending time.
George Washington   Category: Time

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.
George Washington   Category: Epigrams

I know [patriotism] exists and I know it has done much in the present contest. But a great and lasting war can never be supported on this principle alone. It must be aided by a prospect of interest or some reward.
George Washington   Category: Patriotism

I conceive that a knowledge of books is the basis on which all other knowledge rests.
George Washington   Category: Book

The beating on the tail of the snake may stop his progress a little but the more vital parts must be struck before his poisonous death-dealing venom will be wiped out.
Dr. George Washington Carver   Category: Unsorted

Our countrys honor calls upon us for a vigorous and manly exertion; and if we now shamefully fail we shall become infamous to the whole world.
George Washington   Category: Country

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young compassionate with the aged sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.
Dr. George Washington Carver   Category: All

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

T is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world.
George Washington   Category: Force

We ought not to look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors and for the purpose of profiting by dear-bought experience.
George Washington   Category: Experience

True friendship is a plant of slow growth.
George Washington   Category: Proverb

There is nothing so likely to produce peace as to be well prepared to meet the enemy.
George Washington   Category: Prepare

I attribute my success in life to the moral intellectual and physical education which I received from my mother.
George Washington   Category: Success

Worry the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.
George Washington   Category: Anxiety

I die hard but am not afraid to go.
George Washington   Category: Last

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.
George Washington   Category: Liberty

In proportion as the structure of a government gives force to public opinion it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened.
George Washington   Category: Public

Where there is no vision there is no hope.
Dr. George Washington Carver   Category: Doctor