George Washington quotes

Born
February 22, 1732, Bridges Creek, Westmoreland County, Virginia, British America.

Died
December 14, 1799.

Occupation
President, general.

George Washington was the first and only nonpartisan President of the United States (1789–97), the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.

The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.
– George Washington
It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.
– George Washington
It is better to be alone than in bad company.
– 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
I walk on untrodden ground. There is scarcely any part of my conduct which may not hereafter be drawn into precedent.
– 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
Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair; the rest is in the hands of God.
– George Washington
War – An act of violence whose object is to constrain the enemy, to accomplish our will.
– George Washington
Let your Discourse with Men of Business be Short and Comprehensive.
– 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
It is impossible to reason without arriving at a Supreme Being.
– 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
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
Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.
– 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
My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth.
– 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
To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.
– 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
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
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
Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.
– 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
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
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
Mankind, when left to themselves, are unfit for their own government.
– George Washington
Some day, following the example of the United States of America, there will be a United States of Europe.
– 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
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
Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all.
– George Washington
Laws made by common consent must not be trampled on by individuals.
– George Washington
Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience.
– George Washington
Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.
– George Washington
It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company.
– George Washington
Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.
– 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
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
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
Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.
– 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
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 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
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
Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.
– 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
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
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
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
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
When we assumed the Soldier, we did not lay aside the Citizen.
– George Washington
Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.
– 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
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
Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.
– George Washington
The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves.
– 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