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45 Powerful Quotes by George Washington

Best George Washington Quotes

George Washington was the first President of United States. He was the commander- in-chief of the Continental Army in the American Revolution. He is also known as “Father of His Country”. Here are some of the powerful quotes by George Washington.

George Washington Quotes

  1. “To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.” - George Washington
  2. “Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.” - George Washington
  3. “My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.” - George Washington
  4. “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” - George Washington
  5. “I die hard but am not afraid to go.” - George Washington
  6. “Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” - George Washington
  7. “Every post is honorable in which a man can serve his country.” - George Washington
  8. “Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation.” - George Washington
  9. “Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone, and let your hand give in proportion to your purse.” - George Washington
  10. “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
  11. “Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.” - George Washington
  12. “It is better to be alone than in bad company.” - George Washington
  13. “Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.” - George Washington
  14. “’Tis our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world.” - George Washington
  15. “I am for free commerce with all nations; political connection with none; and little or no diplomatic establishment.” - George Washington
  16. “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
  17. “The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.” - George Washington
  18. “Mankind, when left to themselves, are unfit for their own government.” - George Washington
  19. “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
  20. “Laws made by common consent must not be trampled on by individuals.” - George Washington
  21. “Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.” - George Washington
  22. “There can be no greater error than to expect, or calculate, upon real favors from nation to nation. It is an illusion which experience must cure, which a just pride ought to discard.” - George Washington
  23. “Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair; the rest is in the hands of God.” - George Washington
  24. “Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.” - George Washington
  25. “Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.” - George Washington
  26. “An army of asses led by a lion is better than an army of lions led by an ass.” - George Washington
  27. “The basis of our political system is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government.” - George Washington
  28. “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.” - George Washington
  29. “It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.” - George Washington
  30. “Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable, procures success to the weak, and esteem to all.” - George Washington
  31. “Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.” - George Washington
  32. “I go to the chair of government with feelings not unlike those of a culprit who is going to the place of his execution.” - George Washington
  33. “My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth.” - George Washington
  34. “Precedents are dangerous things; let the rein of government then be braced and held with a steady hand.”
  35. “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
  36. “The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves.” - George Washington
  37. “Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.” - George Washington
  38. “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
  39. “It is impossible to account for the creation of the universe without the agency of a Supreme Being.” - George Washington
  40. “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
  41. “Justice is the firm and continuous desire to render to everyone that which is his due.”
  42. “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
  43. “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
  44. “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
  45. “To err is natural; to rectify error is glory.” - George Washington

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