George Washington

1732 - 1799

A Quote by George Washington on duty, government, ideas, individuality, people, and power

The very idea of the power and right of the people to establish government presupposes the duty of every individual to obey the established government.

George Washington (1732 - 1799)

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A Quote by George Washington on army, discipline, service, and superiority

Nothing is more harmful to the service, than the neglect of discipline; for that discipline, more than numbers, gives one army superiority over another.

George Washington (1732 - 1799)

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A Quote by George Washington on affliction and heart

Let your heart feel for the affliction and distress of everyone.

George Washington (1732 - 1799)

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A Quote by George Washington on force, government, and elightenment

In proportion as the structure of a government gives force to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened.

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A Quote by George Washington on friendship, growth, and plants

True friendship is a plant of slow growth.

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A Quote by George Washington on acting, america, change, constitution, government, idealism, liberty, presidency, thinking, and thought

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!

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A Quote by George Washington on existence, interest, patriotism, principles, reward, present, and war

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.

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A Quote by George Washington on america, presidency, and principles

On April 30, 1789, George Washington, standing on the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York, took his oath of office as the first President of the United States. Of this he wrote to James Madison: As the first of every thing, in our situation will serve to establish a Precedent, it is devoutly wished on my part, that these precedents may be fixed on true principles.

George Washington (1732 - 1799)

Source: Letter to James Madison

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A Quote by George Washington on confidence

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

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A Quote by George Washington on army, discipline, soul, success, and weakness

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

George Washington (1732 - 1799)

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