George Washington – Quotes on Everything From Life to State

Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.

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

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

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

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.

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

Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.

Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.

Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.

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

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

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.

Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.

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

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

The basis of our political system is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government.

The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.

Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.

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.

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

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

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