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George Washington

United States 22 February 1732 14 December 1799


On April 30, 1789, George Washington, standing on the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York, took his oath of office as the President of the United States. George Washington was a leader of the Continental Army in the American Revolution, and was the first to become U.S. president.

He was not only considered a military and revolutionary hero, but a man of great personal integrity, with a deep sense of duty, honor, and patriotism. For over 200 years, Washington has been acclaimed as indispensible to the success of the Revolution and the birth of the nation. But his most important legacy may be that he insisted he was dispensable, asserting that the cause of liberty was larger than any single individual.

Washington enjoyed less than three years of retirement at Mount Vernon, for he died of a throat infection December 14, 1799. For months the Nation mourned him.

 

George Washington

George Washington

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

George Washington

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

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

George Washington

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

George Washington

George Washington

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.

George Washington

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

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

George Washington

Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.

George Washington

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

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

George Washington

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

George Washington

George Washington

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

George Washington

George Washington

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

George Washington

George Washington

Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.

George Washington

George Washington

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