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WASHINGTON, GEORGE
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[ Also see America Democracy Government Patriotism Presidency Revolution Statesmanship War ]

He had faith in God and in himself.
      - Francois Pierre G. Guizot

Unacquainted with aught of inward agitation, untormented by the promptings of splendid ambition, Washington anticipated none of the occurrences of his life.
      - Francois Pierre G. Guizot

Sound, sound the trump of Fame!
  Let Washington's great name
    Ring through the world with loud applause;
      Let every clime to Freedom dear
        Listen with a joyful ear.
          With equal skill, with god-like power,
            He governs in the fearful hour
              Of horrid war, or guides with ease,
                The happier times of honest peace.
      - Joseph Hopkinson

He early acquired the magic of method, which of itself works wonders.
      - Washington Irving

Washington, in fact, had very little private life, but was eminently a public character.
      - Washington Irving

Were an energetic and judicious system to be proposed with your signature it would be a circumstance highly honorable to your fame . . . and doubly entitle you to the glorious republican epithet,
  The Father of your Country.
      - Henry Knox, Letter to Washington,
        urging Washington to attend the Philadelphia Convention

Let him who looks for a monument to Washington look around the United States. Your freedom, your independence, your national power, your prosperity, and your prodigious growth are a monument to him.
      - Louis Kossuth

In my idea General Washington is the greatest man; for I look upon him as the most virtuous.
      - Marquis de Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier

A nobleness to try for,
  A name to live and die for.
      - George Parsons Lathrop, Name of Washington

George Washington, the brave, the wise, the good. Supreme in war, in council, and in peace. Washington, valiant, without ambition; discreet, without fear; confident, without presumption.
      - Dr. Andrew Lee

First in war, first in peace, first in the hearts of his fellow citizens.
      - Gen. Henry Lee ("Lighthorse Harry"),
        resolution on Washington's death prepared by Lee and offered in the House of Representatives by John Marshall

First in war, first in peace, first in the hearts of his countrymen.
      - Gen. Henry Lee ("Lighthorse Harry"),
        Funeral Oration on Washington

This is the one hundred and tenth anniversary of the birthday of Washington. We are met to celebrate this day. Washington is the mightiest name on earth--long since mightiest in the cause of civil liberty; still mightiest in moral reformation. On that name an eulogy is expected. It can not be. To add brightness to the sun or glory to the name of Washington is alike impossible. Let none attempt it. In solemn awe pronounce the name and in its naked, deathless splendor leave it shining on.
      - Abraham Lincoln, closing words of a speech

To add brightness to the sun or glory to the name of Washington is alike impossible. Let none attempt it. In solemn awe pronounce the name, and in its naked, deathless splendor leave it shining on.
      - Abraham Lincoln

Equal when fields were lost or fields were won,
  With breath of popular applause or blame,
    Nor fanned or damped, unquenchably the same,
      Too inward to be reached by flaws of idle fame.
        Soldier and statesman, rarest unison;
          High-poised example of great duties done
            Simply as breathing, a world's honors worn
              As life's indifferent gifts to all men born;
                Dumb for himself, unless it were to God,
                  But for his barefoot soldiers eloquent,
                    Tramping the snow to coral where they trod,
                      Held by his awe in hollow-eyed content;
                        Modest, yet firm as Nature's self; unblamed
                          Save by the men his nobler temper shamed;
                            Never seduced through show of present good
                              By other than unsetting lights to steer
                                New-trimmed in Heaven, nor than his steadfast mood
                                  More steadfast, far from rashness as from fear;
                                    Rigid, but with himself first, grasping still
                                      In swerveless poise the wave-beat helm of will;
                                        Not honored then or now because he wooed
                                          The popular voice, but that he still withstood;
                                            Broad-minded, higher-souled, there is but one
                                              Who was all this and ours, and all men's,--Washington.
      - James Russell Lowell

Never to see a nation born
  Hath been given to mortal man,
    Unless to those who, on that summer morn,
      Gazed silent when the great Virginian
        Unsheathed the sword whose fatal flash
          Shot union through the incoherent clash
            Of our loose atoms, crystallizing them
              Around a single will's unpliant stem
                And making purpose of emotion rash.
                  Out of that scabbard sprang, as from its womb,
                    Nebulous at first but hardening to a star,
                      Through mutual share of sunburst and of gloom,
                        The common faith that made us what we are.
      - James Russell Lowell

The purely Great
  Whose soul no siren passion could unsphere,
    Thou nameless, now a power and mixed with fate.
      - James Russell Lowell, Under the old Elm

More than any other individual, and as much as to one individual was possible, has he contributed to found this, our wide spreading empire, and to give to the Western World independence and freedom.
      - John C. Marshall

Oh, Washington! thou hero, patriot sage,
  Friend of all climes, and pride of every age!
      - Thomas Paine

For a thousand years no king in Christendom has shown such greatness or given so high a type of manly virtue.
      - Theodore Parker

His work well done, the leader stepped aside
  Spurning a crown with more than kingly pride.
    Content to wear the higher crown of worth,
      While time endures, "First citizen of earth."
      - James Jeffrey Roche, Washington

Great knightly soul who came in time to serve his country's need,
  To serve her with the timely word and with the valiant deed,
    Along the ages brightening as endless cycles run
      Undimmed and gaining luster in the twentieth century's sun,
        First in our Hall of Fame we write the name all folk may ken,
          As first in war, and first in peace, first with his countrymen.
      - Mrs. Margaret Elizabeth Sangster

'Twas his ambition, generous and great
  A life to life's great end to consecrate.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley, Washington

Where Washington hath left his awful memory a light for after-times.
      - Robert Southey

While Washington hath left
  His awful memory,
    A light for after times.
      - Robert Southey,
        Ode written during the War with America


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