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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; and that the most liberal professions of
good-will are very far from being the surest marks of it.
George Washington

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

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

The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.
George Washington

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

Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.
George Washington

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

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?
George Washington

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

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

Rise early, that by habit it may become familiar, agreeable, healthy, and profitable. It may, for
a while, be irksome to do this, but that will wear off; and the practice will produce a rich
harvest forever thereafter; whether in public or private walks of life.
George Washington

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.
George Washington

I hold the maxim no less applicable to public than to private affairs, that honesty is always the
best policy.
George Washington

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

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

For the sake of humanity, it is devoutly to be wished that the manly employment of agriculture,
and the humanizing benefit of commerce, would supersede the waste of war and the rage of
conquest; that the swords might be turned into ploughshares, the spears into pruning-hooks,
and, as the Scriptures express it, "the nations learn war no more."
George Washington

Observe good faith and justice towards all nations; cultivate peace and harmony with all.
George Washington

I conceive a knowledge of books is the basis upon which other knowledge is to be built.
George Washington

A sensible woman can never be happy with a fool.
George Washington

The government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no
assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves
as good citizens in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.
George Washington

Associate yourself with men of good quality, if you esteem your own reputation; for 'tis
better to be alone than in bad company.
George Washington

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