George Washington Quotes



Best 27 Quotes by 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.”

“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.”

“Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.”

“Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.”

“Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.”

“Human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.”

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

“It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.”

“It is far better to be alone than to be in bad company.”

“It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it.”

“Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience.”

“Laws made by common consent must not be trampled on by individuals.”

“Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.”

“Mankind, when left to themselves, are unfit for their own government.”

“My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth.”

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“Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.”

“Real men despise battle, but will never run from it.”

“The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.”

“The foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing is a vice so mean and low that every person of sense and character detests and despises it.”

“There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily.”

“To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.”

“True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity, before it is entitled to the appellation.”

“Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.”

“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.”

“When we assumed the Soldier, we did not lay aside the Citizen.”

“Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.”

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