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February 22, 1732 – December 14, 1799; often known as father to the nation, George Washington is best known for his role as the first President and founding father of the United States of America. Washington was born in Colonial Virginia and was personal friend of William Fairfax, a powerful politician during the colonial era. During the American Revolutionary War, Washington served as the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, helping coordinate the military against British forces. Washington also served as a key official in construction of the United State Constitution, a living document that still serves as the supreme law of the United States. During his Presidency, he established the cabinet system and developed the tradition of delivering an inaugural address. In 1788, Washington left the military service and was unanimously elected President of the nation. He served eight years in the office and established much of what defines the position today. Washington became well known for his ability to avoid entanglement in foreign wars, believing that the United States should adopt a much more isolationist attitude. Entering the office as the first to ever serve in the position of President, Washington managed to suppress multiple rebellions and uprisings and ultimately win favor with the American people. Before the Revolutionary War, Washington rose to senior officer during French and Indian War. During his military service in the years of American Revolutionary War, he is best known for his leadership strategy that aided in the outmaneuvering of the larger and more powerful British military.

It is better to be alone than in bad company.
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It's wonderful what we can do if we're always doing.
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Be courteous to all, but intimate with a few. And let those few be well tried before you give
them your confidence.
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A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient
arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to
abuse them, which would include their own government.
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Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.
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My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth.
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It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.
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There is nothing which can better deserve our patronage than the promotion of science and
literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness.
George Washington

Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the
weak, and esteem to all.
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My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute
my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.
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Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.
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Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.
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It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.
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Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's
teeth.
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There can be no greater error than to expect, or calculate, upon real favors from nation to
nation. It is an illusion which experience must cure, which a just pride ought to discard.
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Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.
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The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens
unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.
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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.
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The administration of justice is the firmest pillar of government.
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It is substantially true, that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government.
The rule, indeed, extends with more or less force to every species of free government.
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To encourage literature and the arts is a duty which every good citizen owes to his country.
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Good company will always be found much less expensive than bad.
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There can be no greater error than to expect or calculate upon real favors from nation to
nation.
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A people... who are possessed of the spirit of commerce, who see and who will pursue their
advantages may achieve almost anything.
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To err is natural; to rectify error is glory.
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There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily.
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In politics as in religion, my tenets are few and simple. The leading one of which, and indeed
that which embraces most others, is to be honest and just ourselves and to exact it from
others, meddling as little as possible in their affairs where our own are not involved. If this
maxim was generally adopted, wars would cease and our swords would soon be converted
into reap hooks and our harvests be more peaceful, abundant, and happy.
George Washington

Nothing is a greater stranger to my breast, or a sin that my soul more abhors, than that black
and detestable one, ingratitude.
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99 percent of failures come from people who make excuses.
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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.
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Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are
indispensable supports.
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Much was to be done by prudence, much by conciliation, much by firmness.
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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.
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To stand well in the estimation of one's country is a happiness that no rational creature can
be insensible of.
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Government is not reason, it is not eloquence – it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant
and fearful master.
George Washington

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