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American 1st president of U.S.
(1732 - 1799)
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'Tis our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances, with any portion of the foreign world--so far, I mean, as we are now at liberty to do it.
      - in his farewell address [Statesmanship]

'Tis substantially true that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government.
      - [Washington, George]

To persevere in one's duty, and be silent is the best answer to calumny.
      - [Perseverance]

To the efficacy and permanency of your union a government for the whole is indispensable.
      - [Washington, George]

We must consult Brother Jonathon.
      - in reference to his secretary and Aide-de-camp, Col. Jonathon Trumbull

We must take care always to keep ourselves, by suitable establishments, in a respectable defensive posture.
      - [Defense]

We should amuse our evening hours of life in cultivating the tender plants, and bringing them to perfection, before they are transplanted to a happier clime.
      - [Children]

When a people shall have become incapable of governing themselves, and fit for a master, it is of little consequence from what quarter he comes.
      - [Government]

Where is the man to be found who wishes to remain indebted for the defense of his own person and property to the exertions, the bravery, and the blood of others, without making one generous effort to repay the debt of honor and gratitude?
      - [Washington, George]

Why forego the advantages of so peculiar a situation?--Why quit our own to stand upon foreign ground?--Why by interweaving our destiny with that of any part of Europe, entangle our peace and prosperity in the toils of European ambition, rivalship, interest, humour or caprice?
      - in his farewell address [Statesmanship]

Why, by interweaving our destiny with that of any part of Europe, entangle our peace and prosperity in the toils of European ambition, rivalship, interest, humor or caprice?
      - [Washington, George]

Without a humble imitation of the divine Author of our blessed religion we can never hope to be a happy nation.
      - [States]

I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an "Honest Man."
      - Moral Maxims [Honesty]

Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called Conscience.
      - Moral Maxims--Virtue and Vice--Conscience

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.
      - Moral Maxims--Virtue and Vice--The Trial of Virtue

A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends; and that the most liberal professions of goodwill are very far from being the surest marks of it.
      - Social Maxims [Action : Friends]

Men's minds are as variant as their faces. Where the motives of their actions are pure, the operation of the former is no more to be imputed to them as a crime, than the appearance of the latter; for both, being the work of nature, are alike unavoidable.
      - Social Maxims--Difference of Opinion no Crime

True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity, before it is entitled to the appellation.
      - Social Maxims--Friendship [Friendship]

To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.
      - Speech to both Houses of Congress [War]

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