George Washington Quotes

Citations from the first President of the United States

George Washington Crossing the Delaware River

"Parties become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious & unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”

"One of the expedients of party to acquire influence, within particular districts, is to misrepresent the opinions & aims of other Districts."

"To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace."
First annual address to congress, Friday, January 8,1790

"Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness."

"Still I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain (what I consider the most enviable of all titles) the character of an honest man."

"...a people unused to restraint must be led, they will not be drove."
George Washington to Major General Stirling, Sunday, January 19, 1777

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