George Washington

1732 - 1799

A Quote by George Washington on peace, preparation, and war

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

George Washington (1732 - 1799)

Source: Speech to both Houses of Congress, Jan. 8, 1790.

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A Quote by George Washington on affection, america, brevity, church, citizenship, congress, divinity, god, government, love, obedience, prayer, presidency, and spirit

Following his brief inaugural address to the Congress, President George Washington and his party walked over to St. Paul's Church for divine services. His prayer that afternoon was: "Almighty God, we make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government; to entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow-citizens of the United States at large."

George Washington (1732 - 1799)

Source: Following His Inaugural Address, April 30, 1789

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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 america, authors, cities, congress, country, day, duty, god, good, government, happiness, humility, kindness, knowledge, mankind, nations, observation, opportunity, people, practice, prayer, prosperity, providence, religio

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, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceable to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness"; 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, and that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; . . . to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best. Given under my hand, at the City of New York, the 3rd day of October, a.d. 1789.

George Washington (1732 - 1799)

Source: Thanksgiving Day Proclamation October, a.d. 1789.

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A Quote by George Washington on duty, happiness, and practice

The consideration that human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected will always continue to prompt me to promote the former by inculcating the practice of the latter.

George Washington (1732 - 1799)

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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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