George Washington

1732 - 1799

A Quote by George Washington on caution, country, habits, morality, nations, politics, preparation, presidency, prosperity, providence, religion, and virtue

In his address of 19 September 1796, given as he prepared to leave office, President George Washington spoke about the importance of morality to the country's well-being: Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and Morality are indispensable supports. . . . And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. . . . Can it be that Providence has not connected the permanent felicity of a Nation with its virtue?

George Washington (1732 - 1799)

Source: William J. Bennett, The Book of Virtues, Simon and Schuster, New York, 1993, pp. 794-95

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A Quote by George Washington on errors and glory

To err is natural; to rectify error is glory.

George Washington (1732 - 1799)

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A Quote by George Washington on conscience

Labour to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire,-conscience.

George Washington (1732 - 1799)

Source: Rule from the Copy-book of Washington when a schoolboy.

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A Quote by George Washington on admiration, army, fidelity, kindness, patience, rest, soldiers, and suffering

One of George Washington's main concerns was to make sure that his soldiers had adequate supplies of meat: A part of the army has been a week without any kind of flesh, and the rest three or four days. Naked and starving as they are, we cannot enough admire the incomparable patience and fidelity of the soldiery, that they have not been ere this excited by their suffering to a general mutiny and dispersion.

George Washington (1732 - 1799)

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A Quote by George Washington on clarity and world

'T is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world.

George Washington (1732 - 1799)

Source: His Farewell Address.

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A Quote by George Washington on company, good, men, quality, and reputation

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 (1732 - 1799)

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A Quote by George Washington on america, community, government, hope, justice, liberals, mankind, and nations

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 (1732 - 1799)

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A Quote by George Washington on promises

Undertake not what you can not perform, but be careful to keep your promises.

George Washington (1732 - 1799)

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A Quote by George Washington on death

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I die hard but am not afraid to go.

George Washington (1732 - 1799)

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A Quote by George Washington on beginning, growth, liberty, and plants

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

George Washington (1732 - 1799)

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