Various Quotes From Founding Father George Washington

George Washington was an American political leader, military general, statesman, and Founding Father who served as the first president of the United States. He also led the Patriot forces to victory in the nation’s War for Independence.

He presided at the Constitutional Convention which established the U.S. Constitution and a federal government.

Here is a list of famous quotes from the great man.

George Washington Quotes part 1

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.

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

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

It is absolutely necessary… for me to have persons that can think for me, as well as execute orders.

But if the laws are to be so trampled upon with impunity, and a minority is to dictate to the majority, there is an end put at one stroke to republican government, and nothing but anarchy and confusion is to be expected thereafter…

As a very important source of strength and security, cherish public credit.

A half-starved limping government, always moving upon crutches and tottering at every step…

Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence, (I conjure you to believe me fellow citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of Republican Government.

Religion and morality are the essential pillars of civil society.

Almighty and eternal Lord God, the great Creator of heaven and earth, and the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ; look down from heaven in pity and compassion upon me thy servant, who humbly prostrate myself before thee.

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.

As Mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality.

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

Freedom and Property Rights are inseparable. You can’t have one without the other.

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

Your love of liberty — your respect for the laws — your habits of industry — and your practice of the moral and religious obligations, are the strongest claims to national and individual happiness.

Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation deserts the oaths . . . ?

A bad war is fought with a good mind.

The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.

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

Among the many interesting objects which will engage your attention that of providing for the common defense will merit particular regard. To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.

..avoiding likewise the accumulation of debt, not only by shunning occasions of expense, but by vigorous exertions in time of peace to discharge the debts, which unavoidable wars may have occasioned, not ungenerously throwing upon posterity the burthen, which we ourselves ought to bear.

Being a politician makes your hair turn white.

We must never despair; our situation has been compromising before, and it has changed for the better; so I trust it will again. If difficulties arise, we must put forth new exertion and proportion our efforts to the exigencies of the times.

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.

Do not let anyone claim tribute of American patriotism if they even attempt to remove religion from politics.

Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty.

Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.

Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.

We ought to deprecate the hazard attending ardent and susceptible minds, from being too strongly, and too early prepossessed in favor of other political systems, before they are capable of appreciating their own.

A primary object should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?

What is most important of this grand experiment, the United States? Not the election of the first president but the election of its second president. The peaceful transition of power is what will separate this country from every other country in the world.

Where are our Men of abilities? Why do they not come forth to save their Country?

It is incumbent upon every person of every description to contribute to his country’s welfare.

Be Americans. Let there be no sectionalism, no North, South, East or West. You are all dependent on one another and should be one in union. In one word, be a nation. Be Americans, and be true to yourselves.

Almighty God, we make our earnest prayer that thou wilt keep the United States in thy holy protection…

I had always hoped that this land might become a safe and agreeable asylum to the virtuous and persecuted part of mankind, to whatever nation they might belong.

At this auspicious period, the United States came into existence as a Nation; and if their Citizens should not be completely free and happy, the fault will be entirely their own.

The future of this nation depends on the Christian training of our youth.

While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian.

The thing that separates the American Christian from every other person on earth is the fact that he would rather die on his feet, than to live on his knees.

A people unused to restraint must be led, they will not be drove.

Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence . . . the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake.

A people contending for ife and liberty are seldom disposed to look with a favorable eye upon either men or measures whose passions, interests or consequences will clash with those inestimable objects.

At a distance from the theater of action, truth is not always related without embellishment.

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.

Make sure you are doing what God wants you to do–then do it with all your strength.

Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.

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

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

Interwoven as is the love of liberty with every ligament of your hearts, no recommendation of mine is necessary to fortify or confirm the attachment.

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

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

The last official act of any government is to loot the treasury.

History and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government.

Precedents are dangerous things; let the reins of government then be braced and held with a steady hand, and every violation of the Constitution be reprehended: If defective let it be amended, but not suffered to be trampled upon whilst it has an existence.

A government is like fire, a handy servant, but a dangerous master.

… happily the Government of the United States… gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.

In a free and republican government, you cannot restrain the voice of the multitude.

It is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favors.

Among many other weighty objections to the Measure, it has been suggested, that it has a tendency to introduce religious disputes into the Army, which above all things should be avoided, and in many instances would compel men to a mode of Worship which they do not profess.

Almighty God, we make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government; to entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow-citizens of the United States at large.

I beg you be persuaded that no one would be more zealous than myself to establish effectual barriers against the horrors of spiritual tyranny, and every species of religious persecution.

While just government protects all in their religious rites, true religion affords government its surest support.

Observe good faith and justice towards all Nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all. Religion and morality enjoin this conduct; and can it be that good policy does not equally enjoin it?

Let us with Caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion.

George Washington Quotes part 2

I have often expressed my sentiments, that every man, conducting himself as a good citizen, and being accountable to God alone for his religious opinions, ought to be protected in worshipping the Deity according to the dictates of his own conscience.

Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony and irreconcilable hatreds than those which spring from any other cause. I had hoped that liberal and enlightened thought would have reconciled the Christians so that their [NOT our!] religious fights would not endanger the peace of Society.

A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well-digested plan is requisite.

Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can exist apart from religious principle.

Interwoven as is the love of liberty with every ligament of your hearts, no recommendation of mine is necessary to fortify or confirm the attachment.

There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily

I anticipate with pleasing expectations that retreat in which I promise myself to realize, without alloy, the sweet enjoyment of partaking, in the midst of my fellow citizens, the benign influence of good laws under a free government, the ever favorite object of my heart, and the happy reward, as I trust, of our mutual cares, labors, and dangers.

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 for War.

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

In time of peace, prepare for war.

The executive branch of this government never has, nor will suffer, while I preside, any improper conduct of its officers to escape with impunity.

I walk on untrodden ground. There is scarcely any part of my conduct which may not hereafter be drawn into precedent.

If ever again our nation stumbles upon unfunded paper, it shall surely be like death to our body politic. This country will crash.

Purity of morals [is] the only sure foundation of public happiness in any country.

The Arts and Sciences, essential to the prosperity of the State and to the ornament of human life, have a primary claim to the encouragement of every lover of his country and mankind.

I consider it an indispensible duty to close this last solemn act of my official life by commending the interests of our dearest country to the protection of Almighty God and those who have the superintendence of them into his Holy keeping.

I have no other view than to promote the public good, and am unambitious of honors not founded in the approbation of my Country.

All Freemasonry should be disbanded in America because our organization has been infiltrated by the Illuminati and they have bad intention for America and the World.

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.

Some day, following the example of the United States of America, there will be a United States of Europe.

If they are good workmen, they may be of Asia, Africa, or Europe. They may be Mohometans, Jews or Christians of any Sect, or they may be Atheists.

Being no bigot myself, I am disposed to indulge the professors of Christianity in the church that road to heaven which to them shall seem the most direct, plainest, easiest and least liable to exception.

The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the Republican model of Government, are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.

A free people ought…to be armed.

We are either a United people, or we are not. If the former, let us, in all maters of general concern act as a nation, which have national objects to promote, and a national character to support. If we are not, let us no longer act a farce by pretending to it.

The power under the Constitution will always be in the people. It is entrusted for certain defined purposes, and for a certain limited period, to representatives of their own choosing; and whenever it is executed contrary to their interest, or not agreeable to their wishes, their servants can, and undoubtedly will, be recalled.

The reflection upon my situation and that of this army produces many an uneasy hour when all around me are wrapped in sleep. Few people know the predicament we are in.

The power under the Constitution will always be in the people.

In general I esteem it a good maxim, that the best way to preserve the confidence of the people durably is to promote their true interest

The Constitution which at any time exists, ’till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole People is sacredly obligatory upon all.

Experience teaches us that it is much easier to prevent an enemy from posting themselves than it is to dislodge them after they have got possession.

Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.

the harder the conflict, the greater the triumph.

A good moral character is the first essential. It is highly important not only to be learned but to be virtuous.

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.

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.

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

Be courteous to all, but intimate with few.

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

Let us therefore animate and encourage each other, and show the whole world that a Freeman, contending for liberty on his own ground, is superior to any slavish mercenary on earth.

The friendship I have conceived will not be impaired by absence; but it may be no unpleasing circumstance to brighten the chain by a renewal of the covenant.

Character enough of an opposite description … My opinion is … that you could as soon scrub the blackamore white, as to change the principles of a profest Democrat; and that he will leave nothing unattempted to overturn the Government of this Country.

Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself.

Happiness depends more upon the internal frame of a person’s own mind, than on the externals in the world.

Paper money has had the effect in your state that it will ever have, to ruin commerce, oppress the honest, and open the door to every species of fraud and injustice.

But if we are to be told by a foreign Power . . . what we shall do, and what we shall not do, we have Independence yet to seek, and have contended hitherto for very little.

Being persuaded that a just application of the principles, on which the Masonic Fraternity is founded, must be promote of private virtue and public prosperity, I shall always be happy to advance the interests of the Society, and to be considered by them as a deserving brother.

Be courteous to all, but personal with number of, and allow those couple be perfectly attempted ahead of you provide them with your self-assurance.

A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well-digested plan is requisite; and their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories as tend to render them independent of others for essential, particularly military, supplies.

It is an old adage that honesty is the best policy-this applies to public as well as private life-to States as well as individuals.

The United States enjoy a scene of prosperity and tranquillity under the new government that could hardly have been hoped for.

What students would learn in American schools above all is the religion of Jesus Christ.

The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves.

Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.

The great rule of conduct for us, in regard to foreign nations, is, in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible.

To encourage literature and the arts is a duty which every good citizen owes to his country.

The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism . . .

I was summoned by my Country, whose voice I can never hear but with veneration and love.

The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respected Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations and Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges, if by decency and propriety of conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment.

We are persuaded that good Christians will always be good citizens, and that where righteousness prevails among individuals the Nation will be great and happy. Thus while just government protects all in their religious rights, true religion affords to government it’s surest support.

A people… who are possessed of the spirit of commerce, who see and who will pursue their advantages may achieve almost anything.

Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.

Discipline is the soul of an army.

Be not forward, but friendly and courteous; the first to salute, hear and answer; and be not pensive when it is time to converse.