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Government is not reason; it is not eloquent;
by George Washington

Government is not reason; it is not eloquent;
it is force.
Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
- George Washington

Related topics: Government

It is far better to be alone,
than to be in bad company.
- George Washington PHOTO

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

True friendship is a plant of slow growth.
- George Washington

 

Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.
- George Washington

Observe good faith and justice toward all nations.
Cultivate peace and harmony with all.
- George Washington

Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.
- George Washington

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

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

Over grown military establishments are under any form
of government inauspicious to liberty,
and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty.
- 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

Some day, following the example of the United States of America,
there will be a United States of Europe.
- George Washington

The marvel of all history is the patience with which
men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid
upon them by their governments.
- George Washington

Let your Discourse with Men of Business be Short and Comprehensive.
- George Washington

Laws made by common consent must not be trampled on by individuals.
- George Washington

The foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing
and swearing is a vice so mean and low that every person
of sense and character detests and despises it.
- George Washington

Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins
of liberty abused to licentiousness.
- George Washington

My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw.
All I am I owe to my mother.
I attribute all my success in life to the moral,
intellectual and physical education I received from her.
- George Washington

When we assumed the Soldier, we did not lay aside the Citizen.
- 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

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

It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.
- George Washington

I can only say that there is not a man living who wishes
more sincerely than I do to see a plan adopted for
the abolition of slavery.
- George Washington

War - An act of violence whose object is to constrain the enemy,
to accomplish our will.
- George Washington

The time is near at hand which must determine whether
Americans are to be free men or slaves.
- George Washington

Mankind, when left to themselves, are unfit for their own government.
- George Washington

The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.
- 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

The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere
restrains evil interference -
they deserve a place of honor with all that's good.
- George Washington

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

Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation;
for it is better to be alone than in bad company.
- George Washington

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.
- 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

Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.
- George Washington

My first wish is to see this plague of mankind,
war, banished from the earth.
- George Washington

Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone,
and let your hand give in proportion to your purse.
- 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

Experience teaches us that it is much easier to prevent
an enemy from posting themselves than it is to dislodge
them after they have got possession.
- George Washington

The administration of justice is the firmest pillar of government.
- George Washington

The basis of our political system is the right of the
people to make and to alter their constitutions of government.
- 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

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

We should not look back unless it is to derive useful
lessons from past errors,
and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience.
- George Washington

Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance;
they are the peoples' liberty's teeth.
- 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

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

Liberty, when it begins to take root,
is a plant of rapid growth.
- 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

To be prepared for war is one of the most effective
means of preserving peace.
- George Washington

It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.
- George Washington

Friendship is a plant of slow growth and must undergo
and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is
entitled to the appellation.
- 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

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.
- 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

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

My observation is that whenever one person is found
adequate to the discharge of a duty...
it is worse executed by two persons,
and scarcely done at all if three or more are employed therein.
- George Washington

The constitution vests the power of declaring war in Congress;
therefore no offensive expedition of importance can
be undertaken until after they shall have deliberated
upon the subject and authorized such a measure.
- George Washington

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent
about things that matter.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

If we have no peace,
it is because we have forgotten
that we belong to each other.
- Mother Teresa

Individually, we are one drop.
Together, we are an ocean.
- Ryunosuke Satoro

Am I not destroying my enemies
when I make friends of them?
- Abraham Lincoln

Majority rule only works if you're also
considering individual rights,
because you can't have five wolves and one sheep
voting on what to have for dinner.
- Larry Flynt

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek,
but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Winners Dream Big Dreams.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe,
our class, and our nation;
and this means we must develop a world perspective.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you want to make peace with your enemy,
you have to work with your enemy.
Then he becomes your partner.
- Nelson Mandela

Give me your tired, your poor,
your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
- written on the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor

When we step on the battlefield, I will be
The First Boots On and the Last Boots Off.
- LtG. Hal Moore

"Worry" is a word that I don't allow myself to use.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains,
but to live in a way that respects
and enhances the freedom of others.
- Nelson Mandela

The more laws and order are made prominent,
the more thieves and robbers there will be.
- Lao Tzu


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