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GEORGE WASHINGTON
American 1st president of U.S.
(1732 - 1799)
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A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well-digested plan is requisite.
      - [Freedom]

A freeman contending for liberty on his own ground is superior to any slavish mercenary on earth.
      - [Emancipation Day]

A great and lasting war can never be supported on this principle [patriotism] alone. It must be aided by a prospect of interest, or some reward.
      - in a letter to John Banister [War]

A variety in punishment is of utility, as well as a proportion.
      - [Punishment]

Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake.
      - [Washington, George]

All see, and most admire, the glare which hovers round the external happiness of elevated office.
      - [Office]

An ambassador has no need of spies; his character is always sacred.
      - [Diplomats]

Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.
      - [Power]

As to pay, Sir, I beg leave to assure the Congress that as no pecuniary consideration could have tempted me to accept this arduous employment at the expense of my domestic ease and happiness, I do not wish to make any profit from it.
      - in Congress on his appointment as Commander-in-Chief
        [Gain]

Associate with men of good quality, if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.
      - [Reputation]

Avoiding occasions of expense by cultivating peace, we should remember also that timely disbursements to prepare for danger frequently prevent much greater disbursements to repel it.
      - [Preparation]

Every attempt to alienate any portion of our country from the rest should be indignantly frowned upon.
      - [Washington, George]

Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.
      - [Patriotism]

Happiness is more effectually dispensed to mankind under a republican form of government than any other.
      - [Republic]

Heaven itself has ordained the right.
      - [Right]

I cannot conceive a rank more honorable, than that which flows from the uncorrupted choice of a brave and free people, the purest source and original fountain of all power.
      - [Freedom]

I heard the bullets whistle; and believe me, there is something charming in the sound.
      - [War]

I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandman's cares.
      - [Agriculture]

I make it my constant prayer that God would most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind, which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion; without a humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy nation.
      - [Holiness]

I never mean, unless some particular circumstances should compel me to do it, to possess another slave by purchase, it being among my first wishes to see some plan adopted by which slavery in this country may be abolished by law.
      - in his farewell address [Slavery]

I never say anything of a man that I have the smallest scruple of saying to him.
      - [Washington, George]

If there was the same propensity in mankind for investigating the motives, as there is for censuring the conduct, of public characters, it would be found that the censure so freely bestowed is oftentimes unmerited and uncharitable.
      - [Washington, George]

If we mean to support the liberty and independence which has cost us so much blood and treasure to establish, we must drive far away the demon of party spirit and local reproach.
      - [Politics]

In a free and republican government, you cannot restrain the voice of the multitude.
      - [Majority]

In the appointments to the great offices of the government, my aim has been to combine geographical situation, and sometimes other considerations, with abilities and fitness of known characters.
      - [Government]


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