Quotes by George Washington


Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.
– George Washington

Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.
– George Washington
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
Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.
– George Washington
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.
– George Washington
Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation. It is better be alone than in bad company.
– 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
Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all.
– George Washington
I have no other view than to promote the public good, and am unambitious of honors not founded in the approbation of my Country.
– 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
I walk on untrodden ground. There is scarcely any part of my conduct which may not hereafter be drawn into precedent.
– George Washington
If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.
– 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
It is our true policy to steer clear of entangling alliances with any portion of the foreign world.
– George Washington
It is the child of avarice, the brother of iniquity, and the father of mischief.
– George Washington
It may be laid down as a primary position, and the basis of our system, that every Citizen who enjoys the protection of a Free Government, owes not only a proportion of his property, but even of his personal services to the defense of it.
– 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
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.
– George Washington
Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair; the rest is in the hands of God.
– George Washington
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.
– George Washington