George Washington Quotes

A quotes list written by Lee Sonogan

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Being President’s in America yesterday, this quotes list will honour the first president of the United States of America. George Washington established the U.S. Constitution and a federal government leading the War of Independence back in the late 17 hundreds. The proclaimed ‘Father of the Nation’ is praised as being one of the best presidents of all time. 20 quotes in this list only barely justify the man George Washington was known for.

  • 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
  • My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth. – George Washington
  • The basis of our political system is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government. – George Washington
  • Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light. – 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
  • I walk on untrodden ground. There is scarcely any part of my conduct which may not hereafter be drawn into precedent. – George Washington
  • A primary object should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country? ― George Washington
  • A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well-digested plan is requisite; and their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories as tend to render them independent of others for essential, particularly military, supplies. ― George Washington
  • In politics as in philosophy, my tenets are few and simple. The leading one of which, and indeed that which embraces most others, is to be honest and just ourselves and to exact it from others, meddling as little as possible in their affairs where our own are not involved. If this maxim was generally adopted, wars would cease and our swords would soon be converted into reap hooks and our harvests be more peaceful, abundant, and happy. ― George Washington
  • Human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected. ― George Washington
  • Perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages. ― George Washington
  • Nothing can illustrate these observations more forcibly, than a recollection of the happy conjuncture of times and circumstances, under which our Republic assumed its rank among the Nations; The foundation of our Empire was not laid in the gloomy age of Ignorance and Superstition, but at an Epoch when the rights of mankind were better understood and more clearly defined, than at any former period, the researches of the human mind, after social happiness, have been carried to a great extent, the Treasures of knowledge, acquired by the labours of Philosophers, Sages and Legislatures, through a long succession of years, are laid open for our use, and their collected wisdom may be happily applied in the Establishment of our forms of Government; the free cultivation of Letters, the unbounded extension of Commerce, the progressive refinement of Manners, the growing liberality of sentiment… have had a meliorating influence on mankind and increased the blessings of Society. At this auspicious period, the United States came into existence as a Nation, and if their Citizens should not be completely free and happy, the fault will be entirely their own. ― George Washington
  • I conceive a knowledge of books is the basis upon which other knowledge is to be built. ― George Washington
  • Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone. ― George Washington
  • 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
  • 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
  • The harder the conflict, the greater the triumph. ― George Washington
  • I’ll die on my feet before I’ll live on my knees! ― George Washington
  • Anything will give up its secrets if you love it enough. Not only have I found that when I talk to the little flower or to the little peanut they will give up their secrets, but I have found that when I silently commune with people they give up their secrets also – if you love them enough ― 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

In this outro, I shall name some fun facts about Washington’s life. Number one is that he had no middle name as middles names were not a common practise into the early 19th century. Inherited slaves at the age of 11. At 16 he learned to be a survey before his long military career took place. Despite his legendary strength and an iron constitution, his dental work caused him great pain until the day he died.

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