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A list of the best George Washington quotes. This list is arranged by which famous George Washington quotes have received the most votes, so only the greatest George Washington quotes are at the top of the list. All the most popular quotes from George Washington should be listed here, but if any were missed you can add more at the end of the list. This list includes notable George Washington quotes on various subjects, many of which are inspirational and thought provoking.

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Every post is honorable in which a man can serve his country. George Washington

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Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair; the rest is in the hands of God. George Washington

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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

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Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation. It is better be alone than in bad company. George Washington

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Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble. George Washington

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Government is not reason and it is not eloquence. It is force! Like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action. George Washington

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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

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Citizens by birth or choice, of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. The name of AMERICAN, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations. George Washington

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

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

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Enjoin this upon the Officers, and let them inculcate, and press home to the Soldiery, the Necessity of Order and Harmony among them, who are embarkd in one common Cause, and mutually contending for all that Freeman [sic] hold dear. I am persuaded, if the Officers will but exert themselves, these Animosities, this Disorder, will in a great Measure subside, and nothing being more essential to the Service than that it should, I am hopeful nothing on their Parts will be wanting to effect it. George Washington

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'Tis our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world. George Washington

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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

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Mankind, when left to themselves, are unfit for their own government. George Washington

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To be prepared for War is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace. George Washington

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

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

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

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

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No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than those of the United States. Every step by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency. George Washington

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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. George Washington

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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. George Washington

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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

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

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It is the child of avarice, the brother of iniquity, and the father of mischief. George Washington