George Washington

George Washington

George Washington (February 22, 1732 – December 14, 1799) was an American politician and soldier who served as the first President of the United States from 1789 to 1797 and was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He served as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and later presided over the 1787 convention that drafted the United States Constitution. He is popularly considered the driving force behind the nation's establishment and came to be known as the "father of the country," both during his lifetime and to this day.

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Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.

Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance, they are the peoples' liberty's teeth.

Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable, procures success to the weak and esteem to all.

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.

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

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

Government is not reason, it is not eloquent, it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.

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.

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

A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends.

Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.

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

Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.

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

The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens, unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.

Friendship is a plant of slow growth and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.

It is better to be alone than in bad company.

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

My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth.

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.

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