George Washington Quotes

Most popular George Washington Quotes

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

freedom of speech

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

freedom

Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a handy servant and a dangerous master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.
— George Washington

government

The basis of our political system is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government.
— George Washington

America American constitution democracy

It is well, I die hard, but I am not afraid to go.
— George Washington

death

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.

virtue

It is to be lamented that great characters are seldom without a blot.
— George Washington

character

True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.
— George Washington

friendship

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

friendship action

Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone, and let your hand give in proportion to your purse.
— George Washington

charity empathy

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

war peace military

Strive not with your superior in argument but always submit your judgment to others with modesty.
— George Washington

dealing with people modesty

The time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be freemen or slaves.
— George Washington

America iconic

True friendship is a plant of slow growth.
— George Washington

friendship

Government is not mere advice; it is authority, with power to enforce its laws.
— George Washington

government

There is nothing so likely to produce peace as to be well prepared to meet an enemy.
— George Washington

peace

If you can't send money, send tobacco.
— George Washington

cigars Cigar

It is not every one who asketh that deserveth charity; all, however, are worthy of the inquiry, or the deserving may suffer.
— George Washington

charity

Avoid gaming. It is the child of Avarice, the Brother of Iniquity, and father of Mischief.
— George Washington

gambling

If, to please the people, we offer what we ourselves disapprove, how can we afterwards defend our work? Let us raise a standard to which the wise and the honest can repair.
— George Washington

American constitution

Reason, too late perhaps, may convince you of the folly in misspending time.
— George Washington

time management

Discipline is the soul of an army.
— George Washington

military discipline

Perfection falls not to the share of mortals.
— George Washington

perfection

Let your discourse with men of business be short and comprehensive.
— George Washington
To presevere in one's duty and be silent, is the best answer to calumny.
— George Washington

perseverance

Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.

conscience

From thinking proceeds speaking; thence to acting is often but a single step. But how irrevocable and tremendous!
— George Washington

action

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

friendship

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

reputation bad company

The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge ... is itself a frightful despotism.
— George Washington

America government democracy

Nothing is a greater stranger to my breast, or a sin that my soul abhors [more], than that black and detestable one, ingratitude.
— George Washington

ingratitude

We ought not to look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dear bought experience.
— George Washington

the past

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.
— George Washington

character

Cultivate literature and useful knowledge, for the purpose of qualifying the rising generation for patrons of good government, virtue and happiness.
— George Washington

literature

I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.
— George Washington

honesty