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George Washington

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

  • 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.

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

  • It is better to be alone than in bad Company.

  • Heaven itself has ordained the right.

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

  • Government is not reason, it is not eloquence - it is force.

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

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

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

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

  • It (gaming) is the child of avarice, the brother of iniquity, and the father of mischief.

  • Human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.

  • Actions, not worlds, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends.

  • Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.

  • Undertake not what you cannot perform but be careful to keep your promise.

  • It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.

  • Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.

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

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