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 freedom, silence, and speech

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

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A Quote by George Washington on errors, experience, past, and purpose

We ought not to look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dear-bought experience.

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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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