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Motivational George Washington Quotes and Sayings

George Washington Quotes:- George Washington (February 22, 1732 – December 14, 1799) was an American political leader, military general, statesman, and Founding Father who served as the first president of the United States (1789–1797). He commanded Patriot forces in the new nation’s vital American Revolutionary War and led them to victory over the British.

Washington also presided at the Constitutional Convention of 1787, which established the new federal government. For his manifold leadership during the American Revolution, he has been called the “Father of His Country”. Washington succeeded a prosperous family of slaveholding planters in colonial Virginia. He had educational opportunities and launched a favorable career as a land surveyor. He then became a leader of the Virginia militia in the French and Indian War.

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Inspirational George Washington Quotes


“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


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


“Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.”-George Washington


“Bad seed is a robbery of the worst kind: for your pocket-book not only suffers by it, but your preparations are lost and a season passes away unimproved.”-George Washington


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


“Being no bigot myself to any mode of worship, I am disposed to endulge the professors of Christianity in the church, that road to heaven which to them shall seem the most direct plainest easiest and least liable to exception.”-George Washington

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


George Washington Quotes On Experience


“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


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


“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


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


“Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.”-George Washington

“I am persuaded, you will permit me to observe, that the path of true piety is so plain as to require but little political direction.”-George Washington


George Washington Quotes On Myself


“I beg you be persuaded that no one would be more zealous than myself to establish effectual barriers against the horrors of spiritual tyranny and every species of religious persecution.”-George Washington


“I can only say that there is not a man living who wishes more sincerely than I do, to see a plan adopted for the abolition of it – but there is only one proper and effectual mode by which it can be accomplished, and that is by Legislative authority: and this, as far as my suffrage will go, shall never be wanting.”-George Washington


“I have no other view than to promote the public good, and am unambitious of honors not founded in the approbation of my Country.”-George Washington


“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


“I walk on untrodden ground. There is scarcely any part of my conduct which may not hereafter be drawn into precedent.”-George Washington


George Washington Quotes On Freedom


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


“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

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


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


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


George Washington Quotes On Government


“It is impossible to reason without arriving at a Supreme Being.”-George Washington


“It may be laid down as a primary position, and the basis of our system, that every Citizen who enjoys the protection of a Free Government, owes not only a proportion of his property, but even of his personal services to the defense of it.”-George Washington


George Washington Quotes On Liberty


“It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it.”-George Washington


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


“Laws made by common consent must not be trampled on by individuals.”-George Washington


“Lenience will operate with greater force, in some instances than rigor. It is therefore my first wish to have all of my conduct distinguished by it.”-George Washington


George Washington Quotes On Honesty


“Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair; the rest is in the hands of God.”-George Washington


“Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”-George Washington


“Let your Discourse with Men of Business be Short and Comprehensive.”-George Washington


“Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone, and let your hand give in proportion to your purse.”-George Washington


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


George Washington Quotes On Mankind


“Mankind, when left to themselves, are unfit for their own government.”-George Washington


“My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth.”-George Washington


George Washington Quotes On Observation


“My observation is that whenever one person is found adequate to the discharge of a duty… it is worse executed by two persons, and scarcely done at all if three or more are employed therein.”-George Washington


“Nothing can be more hurtful to the service, than the neglect of discipline; for that discipline, more than numbers, gives one army the superiority over another.”-George Washington


“Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.”-George Washington


George Washington Quotes On Liberty


“Overgrown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty.”-George Washington


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


“The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism.”-George Washington


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


“The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.”-George Washington


George Washington Quotes On War


“The constitution vests the power of declaring war in Congress; therefore no offensive expedition of importance can be undertaken until after they shall have deliberated upon the subject and authorized such a measure.”-George Washington


“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


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


“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


“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


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


George Washington Quotes On Friendship


“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


“Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.”-George Washington


“War – An act of violence whose object is to constrain the enemy, to accomplish our will.”-George Washington


George Washington Quotes On Experience


“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


“When we assumed the Soldier, we did not lay aside the Citizen.”-George Washington