If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War.
George Washington (1732 - 1799)
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True friendship is a plant of slow grow, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.
Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.
I conceive that a knowledge of books is the basis on which all other knowledge rests.
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.
Be courteous to all, but intimate with few; and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.
Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable, procures success to the weak, and esteem to all.
I go to the chair of government with feelings not unlike those of a culprit who is going to the place of his execution.
WE OUGHT TO BE PERSUADED THAT THE PROPITIOUS SMILES OF HEAVEN CAN NEVER BE EXPECTED ON A NATION THAT DISREGARDS THE ETERNAL RULES OF ORDER AND RIGHT WHICH HEAVEN ITSELF HAS ORDAINED.
Source: ALBERT W. DAW COLLECTION
One of his officers, Henry Lee, summed up contemporary public opinion of Washington: First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.
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