The Wisdom of George Washington

A Few Quotes from our First President

In this presidential primary season, it would be good to find and support a candidate who shares some of the wisdom and principles held by George Washington.  Here are some quotes from our first president to ponder on this Presidents Day 2016.

♦ To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.

♦ If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.

♦ 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.

♦ Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.

♦ 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.

♦ Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.

♦ 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.

♦ Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.

♦ 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.

♦ It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.

♦ Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty.

♦ Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.

♦ 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.

♦ Laws made by common consent must not be trampled on by individuals.

♦ Religion is as necessary to reason as reason is to religion. The one cannot exist without the other. A reasoning being would lose his reason, in attempting to account for the great phenomena of nature, had he not a Supreme Being to refer to; and well has it been said, that if there had been no God, mankind would have been obliged to imagine one.

♦ The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.


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