Author: George Washington - American - President

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
[ Acquaintance Actions Attachment Convince Criterion Every Friends Man Must Slender True Words World] [George Washington]

Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.-George Washington
[ Abused Arbitrary Easily Established Liberty Licentiousness Most Power Ruins] [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
[ Alone Associate Bad Better Company Esteem Good Men Own Quality Reputation Than Your] [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
[ Away Bad Kind Lost Only Passes Preparations Robbery Season Seed Suffers Worst Your] [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
[ Before Confidence Courteous Few Give Intimate Them Those Tried Well Your] [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
[ Army Discipline Esteem Formidable Makes Numbers Small Soul Success Weak] [George Washington]

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
[ After Dislodge Easier Enemy Experience Got Much Possession Posting Prevent Teaches Than Them Themselves Us] [George Washington]

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.-George Washington
[ Bidder Few Highest Men Virtue Withstand] [George Washington]

Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth.-George Washington
[ Constitution Firearms Importance Liberty Only Peoples Second Teeth] [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
[ Adversity Appellation Before Entitled Friendship Growth Must Plant Shocks Slow Undergo Withstand] [George Washington]

Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.-George Washington
[ Dangerous Eloquent Fearful Fire Force Government Master Reason Servant] [George Washington]

Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.-George Washington
[ Against Guard Patriotism Pretended] [George Washington]

Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.-George Washington
[ Connected Duty Happiness Inseparably Moral] [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 slavery.-George Washington
[ Abolition Adopted Living Man More Only Plan Say See Sincerely Slavery Than Wishes] [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
[ Am Approbation Country Founded Good Honors Other Promote Public Than View] [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
[ Character Consider Enough Enviable Firmness Honest Hope Maintain Man Most Possess Shall Titles Virtue] [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
[ Any Conduct Drawn Ground Hereafter Into May Part Precedent Scarcely Untrodden Walk Which] [George Washington]

If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.-George Washington
[ Away Dumb Freedom Led May Sheep Silent Slaughter Speech Taken Then] [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
[ Able Avoid Desire Instruments Insult Known Most Must Our Peace Powerful Prosperity Ready Repel Rising Secure Times War] [George Washington]

It is better to be alone than in bad company.-George Washington
[ Alone Bad Better Company Than] [George Washington]

It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.-George Washington
[ Bad Better Excuse Offer Than] [George Washington]

It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company.-George Washington
[ Alone Bad Better Company Far Than] [George Washington]

It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.-George Washington
[ Bible God Govern Impossible Nation Rightly Without] [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
[ Basis Citizen Defense Down Enjoys Even Every Free Government His Laid May Only Our Owes Personal Position Primary Property Proportion Protection Services System] [George Washington]

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
[ Abuse Deprive Found His Jealousy Liberty Man May Natural Supposition Unjust Unwise Upon Will] [George Washington]

Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience.-George Washington
[ Alive Called Celestial Conscience Fire Keep Labor Little Spark Your] [George Washington]

Laws made by common consent must not be trampled on by individuals.-George Washington
[ Common Consent Individuals Laws Made Must Trampled] [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
[ Conduct Distinguished First Force Greater Instances Operate Rigor Some Than Therefore Will Wish] [George Washington]

Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair; the rest is in the hands of God.-George Washington
[ God Hands Honest Raise Repair Rest Standard Us Which Wise] [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
[ Both Caution Exclusion Expect Experience Forbid Indulge Maintained Morality National Prevail Principle Reason Religion Religious Supposition Us Without] [George Washington]

Let your Discourse with Men of Business be Short and Comprehensive.-George Washington
[ Business Comprehensive Discourse Men Short Your] [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
[ Afflictions Distress Everyone Feel Give Hand Heart Proportion Purse Your] [George Washington]

Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.-George Washington
[ Begins Growth Liberty Plant Rapid Root Take] [George Washington]

Mankind, when left to themselves, are unfit for their own government.-George Washington
[ Government Left Mankind Own Their Themselves Unfit] [George Washington]

My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth.-George Washington
[ Banished Earth First Mankind Plague See War Wish] [George Washington]

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
[ Am Attribute Beautiful Education Ever Her Intellectual Life Moral Most Mother Owe Physical Received Saw Success Woman] [George Washington]

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
[ Adequate Discharge Done Duty Employed Executed Found More Observation Person Persons Scarcely Therein Three Two Whenever Worse] [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
[ Another Army Discipline Gives Hurtful More Neglect Nothing Numbers Over Service Superiority Than] [George Washington]

Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.-George Washington
[ Cultivate Faith Good Harmony Justice Nations Observe Peace Toward] [George Washington]

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
[ Any Establishments Form Government Grown Hostile Liberty Military Over Particularly Regarded Republican Under] [George Washington]

Some day, following the example of the United States of America, there will be a United States of Europe.-George Washington
[ America Day Europe Example Following Some States United Will] [George Washington]

The administration of justice is the firmest pillar of government.-George Washington
[ Administration Firmest Government Justice Pillar] [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
[ Alter Basis Constitutions Government Make Our Political Right System Their] [George Washington]

The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.-George Washington
[ Abandon Constitution Guide Never Which Will] [George Washington]

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
[ After Authorized Congress Constitution Declaring Expedition Importance Measure Offensive Power Shall Subject Such Therefore Undertaken Until Upon Vests War] [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
[ Character Cursing Despises Detests Every Foolish Low Mean Person Practice Profane Sense Swearing Vice Wicked] [George Washington]

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
[ Burdens Governments History Laid Marvel Men Patience Submit Their Them Unnecessarily Upon Which Women] [George Washington]

The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves.-George Washington
[ Americans Determine Free Hand Men Must Near Slaves Time Whether Which] [George Washington]

The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference - they deserve a place of honor with all that's good.-George Washington
[ Anywhere Atmosphere Deserve Everywhere Evil Firearms Good Honor Interference Place Restrains Very] [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
[ Calculate Cure Discard Error Expect Experience Favors Greater Illusion Just Must Nation Ought Pride Real Than Upon Which] [George Washington]

To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.-George Washington
[ Effective Means Most Peace Prepared Preserving War] [George Washington]

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
[ Adversity Appellation Before Entitled Friendship Growth Must Plant Shocks Slow True Undergo Withstand] [George Washington]

Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.-George Washington
[ Bring Light Pains Prevail Truth Ultimately Where Will] [George Washington]

War - An act of violence whose object is to constrain the enemy, to accomplish our will.-George Washington
[ Accomplish Act Constrain Enemy Object Our Violence War Whose Will] [George Washington]

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
[ Back Bought Dearly Derive Errors Experience Lessons Look Past Profiting Purpose Should Unless Useful] [George Washington]

When we assumed the Soldier, we did not lay aside the Citizen.-George Washington
[ Aside Assumed Citizen Did Lay Soldier] [George Washington]

Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.-George Washington
[ Borrow Interest Paid Those Trouble Worry] [George Washington]