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  1. It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company.


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


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


  4. To be prepared for War is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.




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


  6. It is well, I die hard, but I am not afraid to go.


  7. Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.


  8. Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.


  9. Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair; the rest is in the hands of God.


  10. 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.


  11. Mankind, when left to themselves, are unfit for their own government.

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


  13. 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.


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


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


  16. Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.


  17. 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.


  18. You will therefore send me none but Natives, and Men of some property, if you have them.


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


  20. Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all.


  21. 'Tis our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world.


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

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


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


  25. It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it.


  26. 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.


  27. 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.


  28. There is nothing which can better deserve your patronage, than the promotion of science and literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness.


  29. It is important, likewise, that the habits of thinking in a free Country should inspire caution in those entrusted with its administration, to confine themselves within their respective Constitutional Spheres; avoiding in the exercise of the Powers of one department to encroach upon another.


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

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    A free people ought not only be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them. Which would include their own government.


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What are the best liberty quotes by 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.

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    It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it.

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


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

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

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

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    It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it.

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

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    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.


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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.

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


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

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    Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.

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    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.


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It is too probable that no plan we propose will be adopted. Perhaps another dreadful conflict is to be sustained. If to please the people, we offer what we ourselves disapprove, how can we afterwards defend our work? Let us raise a standard to which the wise and the honest can repair. The event is in the hand of God.


We should never despair, our Situation before has been unpromising and has changed for the better, so I trust, it will again. If new difficulties arise, we must only put forth New Exertions and proportion our Efforts to the exigency of the times.


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.


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.




Should the States reject this excellent Constitution, the probability is, an opportunity will never again offer to cancel another in peacethe next will be drawn in blood.


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

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Few people have the virtue to withstand the highest bidder.


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

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Enjoin this upon the Officers, and let them inculcate, and press home to the Soldiery, the Necessity of Order and Harmony among them, who are embarkd in one common Cause, and mutually contending for all that Freeman sic hold dear. I am persuaded, if the Officers will but exert themselves, these Animosities, this Disorder, will in a great Measure subside, and nothing being more essential to the Service than that it should, I am hopeful nothing on their Parts will be wanting to effect it.


For if Men are to be precluded from offering their Sentiments on a matter, which may involve the most serious and alarming consequences, that can invite the consideration of Mankind, reason is of no use to us; the freedom of Speech may be taken away, and, dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep, to the Slaughter.


For happily the government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support. May the children of the Stock of Abraham, who dwell in this land, continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other inhabitants, while every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig-tree, and there shall be none to make him afraid.


Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.


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


It is the child of avarice, the brother of iniquity, and the father of mischief.


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.

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I have no other view than to promote the public good, and am unambitious of honors not founded in the approbation of my Country.


A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends.


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

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No People can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand, which conducts the Affairs of men more than the People of the United States. Every step, by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation, seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency.


I have beheld no day since the commencement of hostilities that I have thought her liberties in such eminent danger as at present. Friends and foes seem now to combine to pull down the goodly fabric as we have hitherto been raising at the expence of so much time, blood, and treasure; and unless the bodies politick will exert themselves to bring things back to first principles, correct abuses, and punish our internal foes, inevitable ruin must follow.


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.


If in the opinion of the People, the distribution or modification of the Constitutional powers be in any particular wrong, let it be corrected by an amendment in the way which the Constitution designates. But let there be no change by usurpation; for though this, in one instance, may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed.


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


I beg you be persuaded that no one would be more zealous than myself to establish effectual barriers against the horrors of spiritual tyranny, and every species of religious persecution.


Not only do I pray for it, on the score of human dignity, but I can clearly forsee that nothing but the rooting out of slavery can perpetuate the existence of our union, by consolidating it in a common bond of principle.


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


Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow grow, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.

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


It is impossible to reason without arriving at a Supreme Being.


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


Being no bigot myself to any mode of worship, I am disposed to endulge the professors of Christianity in the church, that road to heaven which to them shall seem the most direct plainest easiest and least liable to exception.

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Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.


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


The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism.... It should be the highest ambition of every American to extend his views beyond himself, and to bear in mind that his conduct will not only affect himself, his country, and his immediate posterity; but that its influence may be co-extensive with the world, and stamp political happiness or misery on ages yet unborn.

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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 it - but there is only one proper and effectual mode by which it can be accomplished, and that is by Legislative authority: and this, as far as my suffrage will go, shall never be wanting.


I am persuaded, you will permit me to observe, that the path of true piety is so plain as to require but little political direction.


The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respectable Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations And Religions; whom we shall wellcome to a participation of all our rights and previleges, if by decency and propriety of conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment.


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.


The time is now near at hand which must probably determine, whether Americans are to be, Freemen, or Slaves; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their Houses, and Farms, are to be pillaged and destroyed, and they consigned to a State of Wretchedness from which no human efforts will probably deliver them. The fate of unborn Millions will now depend, under God, on the Courage and Conduct of this armyOur cruel and unrelenting Enemy leaves us no choice but a brave resistance, or the most abject submission; that is all we can expectWe have therefore to resolve to conquer or die.


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


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 his personal services to the defence of it, and consequently that the Citizens of America from 18 to 50 Years of Age should be borne on the Militia Rolls, provided with uniform Arms, and so far accustomed to the use of them, that the Total strength of the Country might be called forth at a Short Notice on any very interesting Emergency,


I do not mean to exclude altogether the idea of patriotism. I know it exists, and I know it has done much in the present contest. But I will venture to assert, that a great and lasting war can never be supported on this principle alone. It must be aided b

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


To point out the importance of circumspection in your conduct, it may be proper to observe that a good moral character is the first essential in a man, and that the habits contracted at your age are generally indelible, and your conduct here may stamp your character through life. It is therefore highly important that you should endeavor not only to be learned but virtuous.

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I anticipate with pleasing expectations that retreat in which I promise myself to realize, without alloy, the sweet enjoyment of partaking, in the midst of my fellow citizens, the benign influence of good laws under a free government, the ever favorite object of my heart, and the happy reward, as I trust, of our mutual cares, labors, and dangers.


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


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

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I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandman's cares.


The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism.


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

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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.


The tumultuous populace of large cities are ever to be dreaded. Their indiscriminate violence prostrates for the time all public authority, and its consequences are sometimes extensive and terrible.


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.


Do not conceive that fine clothes make fine men, any more than fine feathers make fine birds. A plain, genteel dress is more admired, obtains more credit in the eyes of the judicious and sensible.


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

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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.

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The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.


To morrow being the day set apart by the Honorable Congress for public Thanksgiving and Praise; and duty calling us devoutely to express our grateful acknowledgements to God for the manifold blessings he has granted us. The General directs that the army remain in its present quarters, and that the Chaplains perform divine service with their several Corps and brigades. And earnestly exhorts, all officers and soldiers, whose absence is not indispensibly necessary, to attend with reverence the solemnities of the day.


I walk on untrodden ground. There is scarcely any part of my conduct which may not hereafter be drawn into precedent.


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.


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