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Laws made by common consent must not be trampled on by individuals.
George Washington

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.
George Washington

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

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

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

How soon we forget history... government is not reason. Government is not eloquence. It is
force. And, like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
George Washington

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

The government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion.
George Washington

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

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

Bad seed is a robbery of the worst kind; for your pocket-book not only suffers by it, but your
preparations are lost and a season passes away unimproved.
George Washington

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.
George Washington

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

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.
George Washington

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

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

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

It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.
George Washington

Perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages.
George Washington

The turning points of lives are not the great moments. The real crises are often concealed in
occurrences so trivial in appearance that they pass unobserved.
George Washington

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

To persevere in one's duty, and be silent is the best answer to calumny.
George Washington

The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their
Constitutions of Government. But the Constitution which at any time exists, till changed by an
explicit and authentic act of the whole people, is sacredly obligatory upon all.
George Washington

If we are wise, let us prepare for the worst.
George Washington

Let your discourse with men of business be short and comprehensive.
George Washington

We must consult our means rather than our wishes.
George Washington

It is infinitely better to have a few good men than many indifferent ones.
George Washington

No people can be bound to acknowledge the invisible hand which conducts the affairs of men
more than the people 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

It was not my intention to doubt that, the doctrines of the Illuminati... had not spread in the
United States... no one is more truly satisfied of this fact than I am.
George Washington

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.
George Washington

A hundred thousand men, coming one after another, cannot move a ton weight; but the
united strength of 50 would transport it with ease.
George Washington

I had rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world.
George Washington

I have the consolation to believe, that, while choice and prudence invite me to quit the
political scene, patriotism does not forbid it.
George Washington

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