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80 Best George Washington Quotes

1. “The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their Constitutions of Government.” – George Washington

2. “Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.” – George Washington

3. “One of the expedients of party to acquire influence, within particular districts, is to misrepresent the opinions and aims of other districts.” – George Washington

4. “The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves.” – George Washington

5. “Wherein you reprove another be unblameable yourself, for example is more prevalent than precepts.” – George Washington

6. “Decision making, like coffee, needs a cooling process.” – George Washington

7. “I’ll die on my feet before I’ll live on my knees!” – George Washington

8. “It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company.” – George Washington

9. “Some day, following the example of the United States of America, there will be a United States of Europe.” – George Washington

10. “George Washington famously warned against … ‘ungenerously throwing upon posterity the burden which we ourselves ought to bear.” – George Washington

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

12. “Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.” – George Washington

13. “Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.” – George Washington

14. “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

15. “The reflection upon my situation and that of this army produces many an uneasy hour when all around me are wrapped in sleep. Few people know the predicament we are in.” – George Washington

16. “Let your conversation be without malice or envy, for it is a sign of a tractable and commendable nature; and in all cases of passion admit reason to govern.” – George Washington

17. “A man ought not to value himself of his achievements or rare qualities of wit, much less of his riches, virtue or kindred.” – George Washington

18. “Interwoven as is the love of liberty with every ligament of your hearts, no recommendation of mine is necessary to fortify or confirm the attachment.” – George Washington

19. “The great mass of our Citizens require only to understand matters rightly, to form right decisions.” – George Washington

20. “If the cause is advanced, indifferent is it to me where or in what quarter it happens.” – George Washington

21. “It is better to be alone than in bad company.” – George Washington

22. “Harmony, liberal intercourse with all nations, are recommended by policy, humanity, and interest.” – George Washington

23. “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

24. “My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw.” – George Washington

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25. “I had rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world.” – George Washington

26. “Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony and irreconcilable hatreds than those which spring from any other cause.” – George Washington

27. “Associate yourself with Men of good Quality if you Esteem your own Reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad Company.” – George Washington

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

29. “Much was to be done by prudence, much by conciliation, much by firmness.” – George Washington

30. “Speak not evil of the absent, for it is unjust.” – George Washington

31. “Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony and irreconcilable hatreds than those which spring from any other cause.” – George Washington

32. “Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principles.” – George Washington

33. “Do not suffer your good nature to say yes when you ought to say no; remember that it is a public not a private cause that is to be injured or benefitted by your choice.” – George Washington

34. “Experience has taught us, that men will not adopt and carry into execution measures best calculated for their own good, without the intervention of a coercive power.” – George Washington

35. “Those who have committed no faults want no pardon. We are only defending what we deem our indisputable rights.” – George Washington

36. “Make sure you are doing what God wants you to do—then do it with all your strength.” – George Washington

37. “Its better to live alone than to live in a bad company.” – George Washington

38. “The basis of our political system is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government.” – George Washington

39. “We must consult our means rather than our wishes.” – George Washington

40. “Real men despise battle, but will never run from it.” – George Washington

41. “Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all.” – George Washington

42. “To persevere in one’s duty, and be silent is the best answer to calumny.” – George Washington

43. “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

44. “There is nothing so likely to produce peace as to be well prepared to meet the enemy.” – George Washington

45. “It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.” – George Washington

46. “It is better to be alone than in bad company.” – George Washington

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

48. “Human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.” – George Washington

49. “99% of failures come from people who make excuses.” – George Washington

50. “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

51. “There is nothing which can better deserve our patronage than the promotion of science and literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness.” – George Washington

52. “Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.” – George Washington

53. “Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.” – George Washington

54. “Perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages.” – George Washington

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55. “Associate yourself with men of good quality, if you esteem your own reputation; for ‘tis better to be alone than in bad company.” – George Washington

56. “Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.” – George Washington

57. “A sensible woman can never be happy with a fool.” – George Washington

58. “Experience teaches us that it is much easier to prevent an enemy from posting themselves than it is to dislodge them after they have got possession.” – George Washington

59. “Happiness depends more upon the internal frame of a person’s own mind, than on the externals in the world.” – George Washington

60. “The harder the conflict, the greater the triumph.” – George Washington

61. “Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.” – George Washington

62. “The turning points of lives are not the great moments. The real crises are often concealed in occurrences so trivial in appearance that they pass unobserved.” – George Washington

63. “Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone.” – George Washington

64. “I hold the maxim no less applicable to public than to private affairs, that honesty is always the best policy.” – George Washington

65. “The great rule of conduct for us, in regard to foreign nations, is, in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible.” – George Washington

66. “No punishment, in my opinion, is to great, for the man who can build his greatness upon his country’s ruin.” – George Washington

67. “Gentlemen, you will permit me to put on my spectacles, for, I have grown not only gray, but almost blind in the service of my country.” – George Washington

68. “Be not glad at the misfortune of another, though he may be your enemy.” – George Washington

69. “Strive not with your superiors in argument, but always submit your judgment to others with modesty.” – George Washington

70. “It is absolutely necessary… for me to have persons that can think for me, as well as execute orders.” – George Washington

71. “[Death] … the abyss from where no traveler is permitted to return.” – George Washington

72. “99% percent of failures are the ones who make excuses.” – George Washington

73. “I conceive a knowledge of books is the basis upon which other knowledge is to be built.” – George Washington

74. “Paper money has had the effect in your state that it will ever have, to ruin commerce, oppress the honest, and open the door to every species of fraud and injustice.” – George Washington

75. “To encourage literature and the arts is a duty which every good citizen owes to his country.” – George Washington

76. “Where are our Men of abilities? Why do they not come forth to save their Country?” – George Washington

77. “Be courteous to all, but intimate with few; and let those be well-tried before you give them your confidence.” – George Washington

78. “A bad war is fought with a good mind.” – George Washington

79. “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

80. “Individuals entering into society, must give up a share of liberty to preserve the rest.” – George Washington

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