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 :: 1732-1799, First President of the USA

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Few people have the virtue to withstand the highest bidder.
~ George Washington - [Virtue]

 

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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 b
~ George Washington - [Patriotism]

 

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Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.
~ George Washington - [Peace]

 

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To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.
~ George Washington - [Peace]

 

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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 - [Profanity]

 

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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 - [Retirement]

 

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The tumultuous populace of large cities are ever to be dreaded. Their indiscriminate violence prostrates for the time all public authority, and its consequences are sometimes extensive and terrible.
~ George Washington - [Riots]

 

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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 - [Liberty]

 

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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 - [Mercy]

 

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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 - [Morality]

 

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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 - [Mothers]

 

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It is well, I die hard, but I am not afraid to go. [Dec. 14, 1977]
~ George Washington - [Famous Last Words]

 

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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 - [Farming and Farmers]

 

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Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.
~ George Washington - [Freedom]

 

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The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves.
~ George Washington - [Freedom]

 

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If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.
~ George Washington - [Freedom of Speech]

 

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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 - [Friends and Friendship]

 

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Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. 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 - [Friends and Friendship]

 

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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 - [Friends and Friendship]

 

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It is the child of avarice, the brother of iniquity, and the father of mischief.
~ George Washington - [Gambling]

 

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