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Quotations From GEORGE WASHINGTON

 

  • 1.
    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 (1732-1799), U.S. general, president. speech, Sept. 17, 1796. Farewell Address, vol. 35, The Writings of George Washington, ed. John C. Fitzpatrick (1940).

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  • 2.
    Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.
    George Washington (1732-1799), U.S. general, president. letter, Aug. 17, 1779. Quoted in Maxims of Washington, "Virtue and Vice," (1942).
  • 3.
    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 (1732-1799), U.S. general, president. Letter, July 20, 1794.
  • 4.
    Mankind, when left to themselves, are unfit for their own government.
    George Washington (1732-1799), U.S. general, president. letter, Oct. 31, 1786.
  • 5.
    'Tis our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world.
    George Washington (1732-1799), U.S. general, president. speech, Sept. 17, 1796. Farewell Address, vol. 35, The Writings of George Washington, ed. John C. Fitzpatrick (1940).

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  • 6.
    It is the child of avarice, the brother of iniquity, and the father of mischief.
    George Washington (1732-1799), U.S. general, president. letter, Jan. 15, 1783.

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  • 7.
    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 (1732-1799), U.S. general, president. Letter, July 28, 1791, to the Marquis de Lafayette.

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  • 8.
    When we assumed the Soldier, we did not lay aside the Citizen.
    George Washington (1732-1799), U.S. general, president. Address, June 26, 1775, to the New York legislature.

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