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    Our Constitution gives to bigotry no sanction.
    — George Washington
    While all men within our territories are protected in worshipping the Deity according to the dictates of their consciences; it is rationally to be expected from them in return, that they will [demonstrate] the innocence of their lives and the beneficence of their actions; for no man, who is profligate in his morals, or a bad member of the civil community, can possibly be a true Christian, or a credit to his own religious society.
    — George Washington
    When in company, put not your hands to any part of the body, not usually discovered.
    — George Washington
    tags: body  company 
     
    Diffidence in an officer is a good mark because he will always endeavor to bring himself up to what he conceives to be the full line of his duty.
    — George Washington
    Impressed with a conviction that the due administration of justice is the firmest pillar of good Government, I have considered the first arrangement of the Judicial department as essential to the happiness of our Country, and to the stability of its political system.
    — George Washington
    The common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.
    — George Washington
    tags: people  wise  spirit 
     
    Let us impart all the blessings we possess, or ask for ourselves, to the whole family of mankind.
    — George Washington
    tags: blessing  mankind 
     
    The Citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for giving to Mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy: a policy worthy of imitation. All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship.
    — George Washington
    Our cruel and unrelenting enemy leaves us only the choice of brave resistance, or the most abject submission. We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer or die.
    — George Washington
    tags: enemies  choice  enemy  die 
     
    Nothing is more essential, than that permanent, inveterate antipathies against particular Nations, and passionate attachments for others, should be excluded; and that, in place of them, just and amicable feelings towards all should be cultivated.
    — George Washington
    Sleep not when others speak, sit not when others stand, speak not when you should hold your peace, walk not when others stop.
    — George Washington
    tags: peace  sleep 
     
    Be not forward, but friendly and courteous; the first to salute, hear and answer; and be not pensive when it is time to converse.
    — George Washington
    tags: time 
     
    Let your countenance be pleasant, but in serious matters let it be somewhat grave.
    — George Washington
    Undertake not to teach your equal in the art himself professes; it savors arrogancy.
    — George Washington
    In a free and republican government, you cannot restrain the voice of the multitude. Every man will speak as he thinks, or, more properly, without thinking, and consequently will judge of effects without attending to their causes.
    — George Washington
    tags: men  government  thinking 
     
    The best and only safe road to honor, glory, and true dignity is justice.
    — George Washington
    tags: justice  true  dignity  honor 
     
    Rise early, that by habit it may become familiar, agreeable, healthy, and profitable. It may, for a while, be irksome to do this, but that will wear off; and the practice will produce a rich harvest forever thereafter; whether in public or private walks of life.
    — George Washington
    tags: forever  healthy 
     
    There is a Destiny which has the control of our actions, not to be resisted by the strongest efforts of Human Nature.
    — George Washington
    tags: nature  action  human  control 
     
    There is an opinion that parties in free countries are useful checks upon the administration of the government, and serve to keep alive the spirit of liberty. This, within certain limits, is probably true, and, in governments of a monarchical cast, patriotism may look with indulgence, if not with favor, upon the spirit of party. But in those of the popular character, in governments purely elective, it is a spirit not to be encouraged.
    — George Washington
    All see, and most admire, the glare which hovers round the external happiness of elevated office.
    — George Washington
    tags: happiness 
     
    The pure and benign light of revelation has had a meliorating influence on mankind.
    — George Washington
    tags: mankind  influence 
     
    It is not the mere study of the Law, but to become eminent in the profession of it, which is to yield honor and profit.
    — George Washington
    tags: law  profession  honor 
     
    Painful as the task is to describe the dark side of our affairs, it sometimes becomes a matter of indispensable necessity.
    — George Washington
    tags: dark 
     
    Men of real talents in Arms have commonly approved themselves patrons of the liberal arts and friends to the poets, of their own as well as former times. In some instances by acting reciprocally, heroes have made poets, and poets heroes.
    — George Washington
    tags: time  men  friends  talent  hero  real  poet 
     
    The ways of Providence being inscrutable, and the justice of it not to be scanned by the shallow eye of humanity, nor to be counteracted by the utmost efforts of human power or wisdom, resignation, and as far as the strength of our reason and religion can carry us, a cheerful acquiescence to the Divine Will, is what we are to aim.
    — George Washington
    The art of war is at once comprehensive and complicated; ... it demands much previous study; and ... the possession of it, in its most improved and perfect state, is always a great moment to the security of a nation. This, therefore, ought to be a serious care of every government; and for this purpose, an academy, where a regular course of instruction is given, is an obvious expedient, which different nations have successfully employed.
    — George Washington
    tags: moment  care  war 
     
    Three things prompt men to a regular discharge of their duty in time of action: natural bravery, hope of reward, and fear of punishment.
    — George Washington
    tags: fear  time  men  hope  bravery  punishment 
     
    A natural parent has only two things principally to consider, the improvement of his son, and the finances to do it with.
    — George Washington
    tags: improvement  son  parent 
     
    An army formed of good officers moves like clockwork; but there is no situation upon earth less enviable, nor more distressing, than that person's who is at the head of troops which are regardless of order and discipline.
    — George Washington
    tags: earth  discipline 
     
    Soap is another article in great demand-the Continental allowance is too small, and dear, as every necessary of life is now got, a soldier's pay will not enable him to purchase, by which means his consequent dirtiness adds not a little to the disease of the Army.
    — George Washington
    The determinations of Providence are always wise, often inscrutable; and, though its decrees appear to bear hard upon us at times, is nevertheless meant for gracious purposes.
    — George Washington
    tags: time  determination  wise 
     
    America ... has ever had, and I trust she ever will have, my honest exertions to promote her interest. I cannot hope that my services have been the best; but my heart tells me they have been the best that I could render.
    — George Washington
    tags: heart  trust  service  america  hope 
     
    To me, it appears no unjust simile to compare the affairs of this great Continent to the mechanism of a clock, each state representing some one or other of the smaller parts of it which they are endeavoring to put in fine order without considering how useless & unavailing their labor is unless the great Wheel or Spring which is to set the whole in motion is also well attended to & kept in good order.
    — George Washington
    To stand well in the estimation of one's country is a happiness that no rational creature can be insensible of.
    — George Washington
    tags: happiness 
     
    Thirteen sovereignties pulling against each other and all tugging at the federal head, will soon bring ruin on the whole.
    — George Washington
    There is no restraining men's tongues or pens when charged with a little vanity.
    — George Washington
    I had rather be in my grave than in my present situation, I had rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world; and yet they charge me with wanting to be a king.
    — George Washington
    tags: present 
     
    It is one of the evils of democratical governments, that the people, not always seeing and frequently misled, must often feel before they can act.
    — George Washington
    If ever again our nation stumbles upon unfunded paper, it shall surely be like death to our body politic. This country will crash.
    — George Washington
    tags: death  body  politics 
     
    The duty of holding a Neutral conduct may be inferred, without any thing more, from the obligation which justice and humanity impose on every nation, in cases in which it is free to act, to maintain inviolate the relations of Peace and amity toward other Nations.
    — George Washington
    tags: humanity  justice  peace 
     
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