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George Washington Quotes About Government, Freedom, Intelligence, Education, Leadership, Success, Money & Friendship! President of the United States of America from 1789 until 1797, George Washington was a soldier, politician, and Founding Father of the United States. As the leader of the Confederate Army, Washington fought to win the American Revolutionary War. It presided over the Constitutional Convention of 1787, which established the United States of America’s charter and a federal government. Washington has been considered the “Father of the Kingdom” because of his many responsibilities in the early days of the United States.

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On February 22, 1732, Washington was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia, the oldest son of Augustine and Mary Washington. In September of 1774, he was a delegate from Virginia at the first Continental Congress. He may also have been ready for battle when he went to the second one. By June, he had been chosen as the first choice and commander-in-chief of the colonial forces, prepared to fight Great Britain for independence. The next day, on December 26, 1776, he claimed victory for his troops’ “miracle attack” in Trenton, which was the first significant victory for the Americans after a string of demoralizing defeats.

The Ends of the Revolutionary War in 1783 prompted George Washington’s return to politics in 1787 when he was overwhelmingly elected president of the Constitutional Convention. Two years later, a landslide majority elected him the first president of the United States.

After visiting his estates in the rain in December of 1799, he developed a cold. On December 14, 1799, Washington died at 67 after creating a throat infection because of the illness. In addition to his military prowess and role as a Founding Father, Washington’s words — preserved in letters and speeches — reveal his deepest convictions.

Best George Washington Quotes

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

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

3. “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

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

5. “Let your discourse with men of business be short and comprehensive.” – George Washington

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

7. “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

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

9. “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

10. “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

11. “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

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

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

14. “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

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

16. “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

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

18. “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

19. “I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandman’s cares.”  – George Washington

20. “To form a new Government, requires infinite care, and unbounded attention; for if the foundation is badly laid the superstructure must be bad.”   – George Washington

21. “But if we are to be told by a foreign power what we shall do, and what we shall not do, we have Independence yet to seek, and have contended hitherto for very little.”  – George Washington

22. “Government is not reason and it is not eloquence. It is force! Like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.”  – George Washington

23. “It should be the highest ambition of every American to extend his views beyond himself, and to bear in mind that his conduct will not only affect himself, his country, and his immediate posterity; but that its influence may be co-extensive with the world, and stamp political happiness or misery on ages yet unborn.”  – George Washington

24. “The Hand of providence has been so conspicuous in all this, that he must be worse than an infidel that lacks faith, and more than wicked, that has not gratitude enough to acknowledge his obligations.”  – George Washington

25. “I do not mean to exclude altogether the idea of patriotism. I know it exists, and I know it has done much in the present contest. But I will venture to assert, that a great and lasting war can never be supported on this principle alone. It must be aided by a prospect of interest, or some reward.”  – George Washington

26. “The foundations of our national policy will be laid in the pure and immutable principles of private morality, and the preeminence of free government be exemplified by all the attributes which can win the affections of its citizens, and command the respect of the world.”  – George Washington

27. “The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the republican model of government, are justly considered deeply, perhaps as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.”  – George Washington

28. “I hope, some day or another, we shall become a storehouse and granary for the world.”  – George Washington

29. “Citizens by birth or choice of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations.”  – George Washington

30. “I anticipate with pleasing expectations that retreat in which I promise myself to realize, without alloy, the sweet enjoyment of partaking, in the midst of my fellow citizens, the benign influence of good laws under a free government, the ever favorite object of my heart, and the happy reward, as I trust, of our mutual cares, labors, and dangers.” – George Washington

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