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    Not only do I pray for it, on the score of human dignity, but I can clearly forsee that nothing but the rooting out of slavery can perpetuate the existence of our union, by consolidating it in a common bond of principle.
    — George Washington
    Associate yourself with men of good quality, if you esteem your reputation. Be not apt to relate news, if you know not the truth thereof. Speak no evil of the absent, for it is unjust. Undertake not what you cannot perform, but be careful to keep your promise. There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth, and pursue it steadily. Nothing but harmony, honesty, industry and frugality are necessary to make us a great and happy nation.
    — George Washington
    tags: evil  truth  men  honesty  harmony  quality 
     
    The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism.
    — George Washington
    tags: age  revenge  spirit 
     
    Happy, thrice happy shall they be pronounced hereafter, who have contributed any thing, who have performed the meanest office in erecting this stupendous fabrick of Freedom and Empire on the broad basis of Independency; who have assisted in protecting the rights of humane nature and establishing an Asylum for the poor and oppressed of all nations and religions.
    — George Washington
    tags: nature  freedom  right  poor 
     
    [T]he hour is fast approaching, on which the Honor and Success of this army, and the safety of our bleeding Country depend. Remember officers and Soldiers, that you are Freemen, fighting for the blessings of Liberty - that slavery will be your portion, and that of your posterity, if you do not acquit yourselves like men.
    — George Washington
    Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!
    — George Washington
    No country upon earth ever had it more in its power to attain these blessings than United America. Wondrously strange, then, and much to be regretted indeed would it be, were we to neglect the means and to depart from the road which Providence has pointed us to so plainly; I cannot believe it will ever come to pass.
    — George Washington
    It is the child of avarice, the brother of iniquity, and the father of mischief.
    — George Washington
    tags: children  child  father 
     
    If, in the opinion of the people, the distribution or modification of the constitutional powers be in any particular wrong, let it be corrected by an amendment in the way which the Constitution designates. But let there be no change by usurpation; for though this, in one instance, may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed.
    — George Washington
    I have always considered marriage as the most interesting event of one's life, the foundation of happiness or misery.
    — George Washington
    The value of liberty was thus enhanced in our estimation by the difficulty of its attainment, and the worth of characters appreciated by the trial of adversity.
    — George Washington
    Government being, among other purposes, instituted to protect the consciences of men from oppression, it certainly is the duty of Rulers, not only to abstain from it themselves, but according to their stations, to prevent it in others.
    — George Washington
    We must take human nature as we find it, perfection falls not to the share of mortals.
    — George Washington
    Let thy carriage be such as becomes a man grave settled and attentive to that which is spoken. Contradict not, at every turn, what others say.
    — George Washington
    tags: men 
     
    The liberty enjoyed by the people of these states of worshiping Almighty God agreebly to their conscience, is not only among the choicest of their blessings, but also of their rights.
    — George Washington
    While we are contending for our own liberty, we should be very cautious not to violate the conscience of others, ever considering that God alone is the judge of the hearts of men, and to Him only in this case are they answerable.
    — George Washington
    tags: men  heart  alone  conscience  god  liberty 
     
    Religion and morality are the essential pillars of civil society.
    — George Washington
    tags: society  morality 
     
    The company in which you will improve most will be least expensive to you.
    — George Washington
    tags: company 
     
    We should amuse our evening hours of life in cultivating the tender plants, and bringing them to perfection, before they are transplanted to a happier clime.
    — George Washington
    tags: perfection 
     
    An ambassador has no need of spies; his character is always sacred.
    — George Washington
    tags: character  sacred 
     
    My aim has been... to keep the United States... independent of all and under the influence of none.
    — George Washington
    tags: influence 
     
    The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army. We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer or die.
    — George Washington
    tags: fate  die  god  courage 
     
    The most enviable praise of all is just to be called an honest man.
    — George Washington
    tags: men  praise 
     
    I rejoice in a belief that intellectual light will spring up in the dark corners of the earth; that freedom of enquiry will produce liberality of conduct; that mankind will reverse the absurd position that the many were, made for the few; and that they will not continue slaves in one part of the globe, when they can become freemen in another.
    — George Washington
    tags: belief  freedom  dark  mankind  absurd 
     
    Bless my family, kindred, friends and country, be our God and guide this day and forever for His sake, who lay down in the grave and arose again for us, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
    — George Washington
    tags: friends  forever  god  jesus  christ 
     
    May 12-13: Sowed Hemp at Muddy hole by Swamp. August 7: Began to separate the Male from the Female at Do - rather too late.
    — George Washington
    To every description of citizens, let praise be given. but let them persevere in their affectionate vigilance over that precious depository of American happiness, the Constitution of the United States. Let them cherish it, too, for the sake of those who, from every clime, are daily seeking a dwelling in our land.
    — George Washington
    Though, when a people shall have become incapable of governing themselves and fit for a master, it is of little consequence from what quarter he comes.
    — George Washington
    I can only say that there is not a man living who wishes more sincerely than I do to see a plan adopted for the abolition of slavery.
    — George Washington
    tags: men  living  wishes  slavery 
     
    The United States of America should have a foundation free from the influence of clergy.
    — George Washington
    tags: influence  america 
     
    The arrows of malevolence ... however barbed and well pointed, never can reach the most vulnerable part of me; though, whilst I am up as a mark, they will be continually aimed.
    — George Washington
    To constitute a dispute there must be two parties. To understand it well, both parties and all the circumstances must be fully heard; and to accommodate the differences, temper and mutual forbearance are requisite.
    — George Washington
    The States separately have very inadequate ideas of the present danger. Party disputes and personal quarrels are the great business of the day, whilst the concerns of the nation are secondary.
    — George Washington
    Houses of Congress have . . . requested me to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging, with grateful hearts, the many signal favors of Almighty God.
    — George Washington
    tags: people  heart  god  prayer  congress 
     
    Precedents are dangerous things; let the rein of government then be braced and held with a steady hand.
    — George Washington
    Without virtue, and without integrity, the finest talents and the most brilliant accomplishments can never gain the respect, and conciliate the esteem, of the truly valuable part of mankind.
    — George Washington
    [The spirit of party] opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which finds a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions.
    — George Washington
    Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. Experience has taught us that it is much easier to prevent an enemy from posting themselves than it is to dislodge them after they have got possession, and when the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.
    — George Washington
    If we cannot learn wisdom from experience, it is hard to say where it is to be found.
    — George Washington
    tags: experience  wisdom  learn 
     
    I shall take my present leave-but not without resorting once more to the benign Parent of the Human Race in humble supplication [prayer] that...His Divine blessing may be equally conspicuous in...the wise measures on which the success of this government must depend.
    — George Washington
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    george washington
    Birth    : February 22, 1732
    Death  : December 14, 1799
    Occupation  : 1st U.S. President

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