February 22, 1732 - December 14, 1799


65 Greatest Quotes By George Washington

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder. George Washington
My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth. George Washington
Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected. George Washington
Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience. George Washington
Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all. George Washington
Almighty God, we make our earnest prayer that thou wilt keep the United States in thy holy protection. George Washington
Laws made by common consent must not be trampled on by individuals. George Washington
Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all. George Washington
The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments. George Washington
Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone, and let your hand give in proportion to your purse. George Washington
Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty. George Washington
Some day, following the example of the United States of America, there will be a United States of Europe. George Washington
Every day the increasing weight of years admonishes me more and more, that the shade of retirement is as necessary to me as it will be welcome. George Washington
We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience. George Washington
I had always hoped that this land might become a safe and agreeable asylum to the virtuous and persecuted part of mankind, to whatever nation they might belong. George Washington
A pack of jackasses led by a lion is superior to a pack of lions led by a jackass. George Washington
Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness. George Washington
A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends. George Washington
We must consult our means rather than our wishes. George Washington
I conceive a knowledge of books is the basis upon which other knowledge is to be built. George Washington
It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it. George Washington
Example, whether it be good or bad, has a powerful influence. George Washington
True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity, before it is entitled to the appellation. George Washington
The basis of our political system is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government. George Washington
There is nothing which can better deserve your patronage, than the promotion of science and literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness. George Washington
I walk on untrodden ground. There is scarcely any part of my conduct which may not hereafter be drawn into precedent. George Washington
Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally. George Washington
I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man. George Washington
Make sure you are doing what God wants you to do--then do it with all your strength. George Washington
All Freemasonry should be disbanded in America because our organization has been infiltrated by the Illuminati and they have bad intention for America and the World. George Washington
The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves. George Washington
Where are our Men of abilities? Why do they not come forth to save their Country? George Washington
Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence . . . the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake. George Washington
Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can exist apart from religious principle. George Washington
The future of this nation depends on the Christian training of our youth. George Washington
Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains taken to bring it to light. George Washington
I have no other view than to promote the public good, and am unambitious of honors not founded in the approbation of my Country. George Washington
What students would learn in American schools above all is the religion of Jesus Christ. George Washington
Nothing can be more hurtful to the service, than the neglect of discipline; for that discipline, more than numbers, gives one army the superiority over another. George Washington
the harder the conflict, the greater the triumph. George Washington
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
Occupants of public offices love power and are prone to abuse it. George Washington
Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth. George Washington
To encourage literature and the arts is a duty which every good citizen owes to his country. George Washington
It is impossible to reason without arriving at a Supreme Being. George Washington
To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace. George Washington
Happiness depends more upon the internal frame of a person’s own mind, than on the externals in the world. George Washington
Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair; the rest is in the hands of God. George Washington
Do not let anyone claim tribute of American patriotism if they even attempt to remove religion from politics. George Washington
It is substantially true, that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. The rule, indeed, extends with more or less force to every species of free government. George Washington