60 Famous quotes and sayings by George Washington

George Washington was a military officer, statesman, and the first president of the United States of America. He led the colonial forces to victory over the British and became a national hero during the American Revolution. May these George Washington quotes on life, leadership, and intelligence give you valuable insights from his ideals that can award you a fulfilling life.

Famous quotes and sayings by George Washington
1. “Perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages.” – George Washington

2. “I’ll die on my feet before I’ll live on my knees.” – George Washington

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

4. “To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.” – George Washington

5. “I shall not be deprived of a comfort in the worst event, if I retain a consciousness of having acted to the best of my judgment.” – George Washington

6. “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

7. “Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all.” – George Washington

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

9. “Adhere to your purpose and you will soon feel as well as you ever did. On the contrary, if you falter, and give up, you will lose the power of keeping any resolution, and will regret it all your life.” – George Washington
Famous quotes and sayings by George Washington
10. “It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company.” – George Washington

11. “Those who have committed no faults want no pardon. We are only defending what we deem our indisputable rights.” – George Washington

12. “Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.” – George Washington

13. “Be not glad at the misfortune of another, though he may be your enemy.” – George Washington

14. “Make sure you are doing what God wants you to do, then do it with all your strength.” – George Washington
Famous quotes and sayings by George Washington
15. “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.” – George Washington

16. “Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.” – George Washington

17. “Real men despise battle, but will never run from it.” – George Washington

18. “I shall make it the most agreeable part of my duty to study merit, and reward the brave and deserving.” – George Washington

19. “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.” – George Washington
Famous quotes and sayings by George Washington
20. “Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair; the rest is in the hands of God.” – George Washington

21. “Experience has taught us, that men will not adopt and carry into execution measures best calculated for their own good, without the intervention of a coercive power.” – George Washington

22. “More permanent and genuine happiness is to be found in the sequestered walks of connubial life than in the giddy rounds of promiscuous pleasure.” – George Washington

23. “The harder the conflict, the greater the triumph.” – George Washington

24. “It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.” – George Washington
Famous quotes and sayings by George Washington
25. “A man’s intentions should be allowed in some respects to plead for his actions.” – George Washington

26. “My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth.” – George Washington

27. “Every post is honorable in which a man can serve his country.” – George Washington

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

29. “The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained.” – George Washington

30. “Human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.” – George Washington

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31. “There is nothing which can better deserve your patronage, than the promotion of science and literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness.” – George Washington

32. “Honesty will be found on every experiment, to be the best and only true policy. Let us then as a nation be just.” – George Washington

33. “A good moral character is the first essential in a man, and that the habits contracted at your age are generally indelible, and your conduct here may stamp your character through life. It is therefore highly important that you should endeavor not only to be learned but virtuous.” – George Washington

34. “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

35. “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

36. “Speak not evil of the absent, for it is unjust.” – George Washington

37. “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.” – George Washington

38. “Nothing can be more hurtful to the service, than the neglect of discipline; for that discipline, more than numbers, gives one army the superiority over another.” – George Washington

39. “Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.” – George Washington

40. “Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.” – George Washington

41. “The finite mind of man can never grasp the mysteries of the infinite. It is the highest wisdom, as it is our great happiness, to accept our limitations, to use what we have, and leave the rest to God.” – George Washington

42. “Let your conversation be without malice or envy, for it is a sign of a tractable and commendable nature; and in all cases of passion admit reason to govern.” – George Washington

43. “It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it.” – George Washington

44. “Let your discourse with men of business be short and comprehensive.” – George Washington

45. “Lenience will operate with greater force, in some instances than rigor. It is therefore my first wish to have all of my conduct distinguished by it.” – George Washington

46. “Laws made by common consent must not be trampled on by individuals.” – George Washington

47. “The hand of providence has been so conspicuous in all this, that he must be worse than an infidel that lacks faith, and more than wicked, that has not gratitude enough to acknowledge his obligations.” – George Washington

48. “Few people have the virtue to withstand the highest bidder.” – George Washington

49. “In proportion as the structure of a government gives force to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened.” – George Washington

50. “Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.” – George Washington

51. “The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.” – George Washington

52. “Every day the increasing weight of years admonishes me more and more, that the shade of retirement is as necessary to me as it will be welcome.” – George Washington

53. “When one side only of a story is heard and often repeated, the human mind becomes impressed with it insensibly.” – George Washington

54. “Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.” – George Washington

55. “The future of this nation depends on the Christian training of our youth.” – George Washington

56. “Decision making, like coffee, needs a cooling process.” – George Washington

57. “Ninety-nine percent of failures come from people who make excuses.” – George Washington

58. “A pack of jackasses led by a lion is superior to a pack of lions led by a jackass.” – George Washington

59. “Wherein you reprove another be unblameable yourself, for example is more prevalent than precepts.” – George Washington

60. “Nothing is a greater stranger to my breast, or a sin that my soul more abhors, than that black and detestable one, ingratitude.” – George Washington

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