George Washington

George Washington
George Washington
  • Born: February 22, 1732
  • Died: December 14, 1799
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: President









George Washington was the first President of the United States (1789-97), the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He presided over the convention that drafted the current United States Constitution and during his lifetime was called the "father of his country".

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Edward Braddock Who would have thought it?
Jacob Duche With that prudence and delicacy, therefore, of which I know you possessed, represent to Congress the indispensable necessity of rescinding the hasty and ill-advised declaration of independency. Recommend, and you have an undoubted right to recommend, an immediate cessation of hostilities. Let the controversy be taken up where that declaration left it, and where Lord Howe certainly expected to find it left. Let men of clear and impartial characters, in or out of Congress, liberal in their sentiments, heretofore independent in their fortunes,--and some such may be found in America,--be appointed to confer with his Majesty's Commissioners. Let them, if they please, propose some well-digested constitutional plan, to lay before them at the commencement of the negotiation. When they have gone thus far, I am confident the usual happy consequences will ensue; unanimity will immediately take place through the different provinces; thousands who are now ardently wishing and praying for such a measure, will step forth, and declare themselves the zealous advocates for constitutional liberty; and millions will bless the hero that left the field of war, to decide this most important; contest with the weapons of wisdom and humanity.
William Apess As the immortal Washington lives endeared and engraven on the hearts of every white in America, never to be forgotten in time -- even such is the immortal Philip honored, as held in memory by the degraded but yet graceful descendants who appreciate his character.
James Henry Daughterty Washington crossed the Delaware to win our freedom : we cross oceans to keep it : Buy war stamps & bonds
Elias Cornelius Boudinot We now discovered the Shores crowded with thousands of People––Men Women & Children––May I may venture to say Tens of Thousands; From the Fort to the Place of Landing altho’ near half a Mile, you could see little else along the Shores-- -in the Streets and on Board every Vessel, but Heads standing as thick as Ears of corn before the Harvest-
Jeff Melvoin George Washington had a vision for this country. Was it three days of uninterrupted shopping?
Henry Codman Potter We have exchanged the Washingtonian dignity for the Jeffersonian simplicity, which was in truth only another name for the Jacksonian vulgarity.
Richard H. Baker On December 15, 1795, the Senate administered a stinging blow to one of the nation's most distinguished founding fathers. By a vote of 10 to 14, it rejected President George Washington's nomination of South Carolina's John Rutledge to be Chief Justice of the United States…. the Senate made it clear that an examination of a nominee's qualifications would include his political views. Those who differed substantively from the majority of senators could expect rough going.
Samuel Shaw It is happy for America that she has a patriot army, and equally so that a Washington is its leader. I rejoice in the opportunities I have had of seeing this great man in a variety of situations; — calm and intrepid where the battle raged, patient and persevering under the pressure of misfortune, moderate and possessing himself in the full career of victory. Great as these qualifications deservedly render him, he never appeared to me more truly so, than at the assembly we have been speaking of. On other occasions he has been supported by the exertions of an army and the countenance of his friends; but in this he stood single and alone.
Henry Adams The progress of evolution, from President Washington to President Grant, was alone evidence enough to upset Darwin.... Grant should have lived in a cave and worn skins.
John Adams Methought I heard him say, "Ay! I am fairly out, and you fairly in. See which of us will be the happiest.
John Adams My country has in its wisdom contrived for me the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived.
John Adams Old Muttonhead
John Adams What will the soldiers and sailors, what will the common people say to George Washington, President of the United States? They will despise him to all eternity.
John Adams Your commission constitutes you commander of all the forces … you are vested with full power and authority to act as you shall think for the good and welfare of the service.
Samuel Adams Perhaps the next and the next will inherit his virtues but in time the worst will take over.
Joseph Addison We cannot insure success, but we can deserve it.
Douglas K. Bereuter The state of affairs in our nation's capital is a national disgrace. It is an international embarrassment and dishonors the name of our first president, George Washington.
James Buchanan I found it impossible to prevent two or three companies of the Federal troops from joining in the procession to-day, with the volunteers of the district, without giving serious offence to the tens of thousands people who have assembled to witness the parade.... The troops everywhere else join such processions in honor of the birthday of the Father of his Country, and it would be hard to assign a good reason why they should be excluded from the privilege of the capital founded by himself. They are here simply as a posse comitatus, to aid the civil authorities in case of need. Besides, the programme was published in the National Intelligencer of this morning, without my personal knowledge.
George Gordon Byron The Cincinnatus of the West, Whom envy dared not hate, Bequeathed the name of Washington To make man blush there was but one!
George Gordon Byron George Washington had thanks and naught beside, Except the all-cloudless glory (which few men's is) To free his country.
Fidel Castro When George Washington and the others created U. S. independence, they did not free the slaves; not long ago, a U. S. black athlete could not play baseball in the major leagues. And yet you called yours the freest country in the world.
John White Chadwick Of the six men who have done most to make America the wonder and the joy she is to all of us, not one could be the citizen of a government so constituted; for Washington and Franklin and Jefferson, certainly the three mightiest leaders in our early history, were heretics in their day, Deists, as men called them; and Garrison and Lincoln and Sumner, certainly the three mightiest in these later times, would all be disfranchised by the proposed amendment. Lincoln could not have taken the oath of office had such a clause been in the Constitution.
Samuel Chase I do not wish to afford my political enemies ... an opportunity to mortify and insult me.
Henry Steele Commager Who would be cleared by their committees? Not Washington, who was a rebel. Not Jefferson. who wrote that ... "rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God." Not Garrison, who publicly burned the Constitution; or Wendell Phillips ... a philosophical anarchist; nor [William] Seward of the Higher Law.... Not Lincoln ... or Wilson ... or Justice Holmes.
Tomas Davis Father of his country
Tomas Davis To his slaves [he was] a just and benevolent master.
Thomas Jefferson The public will never be made to believe that an appointment of a relative is ever made on the ground of merit alone, uninfluenced by family views; nor can they ever see with approbation offices, the disposal of which they entrust to their Presidents for public purposes, divided out as family property. Mr. [John] Adams degraded himself infinitely by his conduct on this subject, as General Washington had done himself the highest honor.
Thomas Jefferson I never heard either of them speak ten minutes at a time, nor to any but the main point which was to decide the question. They laid their shoulders to the great points, knowing that the little ones would follow of themselves.
Mike McGrath Philadelphia: The city where Washington slept and Franklin slept around.
Charles Lee I am confident ... that it is the determin'd purpose of that dark designing sordid ambitious vain proud arrogant and vindictive knave [George Washington]; to remove me from the face of the earth by assassination direct or indirect, and to ruin your fame and fortunes forever.
Henry Lee To the memory of the man, first in war, first in peace, first in the hearts of his countrymen.
Abraham Lincoln Our adversaries have adopted some declarations of independence, in which, unlike our the good old one penned by Jefferson, they omit the words "all men are created equal." Why? They have adopted a temporary national constitution, in the preamble of which, unlike our good old one signed by Washington, they omit "We, the people," and substitute: "We, the deputies of the sovereign and independent states." Why? Why this deliberate pressing out of view the rights of men and the authority of the people?
William Clotworthy Today an enterprising 16 year old is getting his ears pierced. At 16 George Washington was exploring the West.
Continental Congress Whereas all particulars cannot be foreseen, nor positive instructions for such emergencies so before hand given but that many things must be left to your prudent and discreet management, as occurrences may arise upon the place, or from time to time fall out, you are therefore upon all such accidents or any occasions that may happen, to use your best circumspection and (advising with your council of war) to order and dispose of the said Army under your command as may be most advantageous for the obtaining the end for which these forces have been raised, making it your special care in discharge of the great trust committed unto you, that the liberties of America receive no detriment.
Bill Pierce Every President does it. It goes back to George Washington. I can’t say that past Administrations have asked the same questions, but the end result is the same—you put people on boards that you want.
James Carson Ye good and virtuous Americans--come! whether business or pleasure be your object--call and be refreshed at the sign of Washington. Here money and merit will secure you respect and honor, and a hearty welcome to choice liquors and to sumptuous fare. Is it cold? You shall find a comfortable fire. Is it warm? Sweet repose under a cool and grassy shade. In short, every exertion shall be made to grace the sign of the hero and statesman who was first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.
Richard Fletcher When the blood of our citizens, shed by a British soldiery, had stained our streets, and flowed upon the heights which surround us, and sunk into the earth upon the plains of Lexington and Concord, then when he, whose name can never be pronounced by American lips without the strongest emotion of gratitude and love to every American heart--when he, that slaveholder, who from this canvass smiles upon you, his children, with paternal benignity, came with other slaveholders to drive the British myrmidons from this city, and in this hall, our fathers did not refuse to hold communion with them. "With slaveholders they formed the Confederation, neither asking nor receiving any right to interfere in their domestic relations; with them they made the Declaration of Independence
John Armstrong Jr. Is it rather a country that tramples upon your rights, disdains your cries and insults your distresses? Have you not, more than once, suggested your wishes, and made known your wants to Congress? Wants and wishes which gratitude and policy should have anticipated, rather than evaded. And have you not lately, in the meek language of entreating memorials, begged from their justice, what you would no longer expect from their favour? How have you been answered? Let the letter which you are called to consider tomorrow make reply. If this, then, be your treatment, while the swords you wear are necessary for the defense of America, what have you to expect from peace, when your voice shall sink, and your strength dissipate by division? When those very swords, the instruments and companions of your glory, shall be taken from your sides, and no remaining mark of military distinction left but your wants, infirmities and scars? Can you then consent to be the only sufferers by this revolution, and retiring from the field, grow old in poverty, wretchedness and contempt? Can you consent to wade through the vile mire of dependency, and owe the miserable remnant of that life to charity, which has hitherto been spent in honor?
David Davis Our nation has no right to expect that it will always have wise and humane rulers, sincerely attached to the principles of the Constitution. Wicked men, ambitious of power, with hatred of liberty and law, may fill the place once occupied by Washington and Lincoln.
Paul Jennings It has often been stated in print, that when Mrs. Madison escaped from the White House, she cut out from the frame the large portrait of Washington (now in one of the parlors there), and carried it off. This is totally false. She had no time for doing it. It would have required a ladder to get it down. All she carried off was the silver in her reticule, as the British were thought to be but a few squares off, and were expected every moment. John Suse (a Frenchman, then door-keeper, and still living) and Magraw, the President's gardener, took it down and sent it off on a wagon, with some large silver urns and such other valuables as could be hastily got hold of. When the British did arrive, they ate up the very dinner, and drank the wines, &c., that I had prepared for the President's party.
Robert Emmet I wished to procure for my country the guarantee which Washington procured for America. To procure an aid, which, by its example, would be as important as its valor, disciplined. gallant, pregnant with science and experience; which would perceive the good and polish the rough points of our character
Thomas Paine As to you, sir, treacherous in private friendship and … a hypocrite in public life, the world will be puzzled to decide whether you are an apostate or an imposter, whether you have abandoned good principles, or whether you ever had any.
George III If he does that, he will be the greatest man in the world.
Martha Dandridge Custis Washington The second worst day of my life was when Thomas Jefferson called on me to pay his condolences.
Zachary Taylor As American freemen we can not but sympathize in all efforts to extend the blessings of civil and political liberty, but at the same time we are warned by the admonitions of history and the voice of our own beloved Washington to abstain from entangling alliances with foreign nations. In all disputes between conflicting governments it is our interest not less than our duty to remain strictly neutral
Nathanael Greene It is my opinion that General Washington’s influence will do more than all the Assemblies upon the Continent. I always thought him exceeding popular; but in many places he is little less than adored; and universally admired. His influence in this Country might possibly effect something great.
Nathanael Greene His Excellency General Washington, never appeared to so much advantage as in the hour of distress.
James Tallmadge Jr. All men were blessed with equal right and privilege and that liberty was the birth right, the Palladium of every individual…. Of all the specious reasons for importing and holding in bondage the native African, none was more absurd than the idea that one who was formed with a dark complexion is inferior to him, who possesses a complexion more light. Should a thing like this be admitted as general mankind would be at once resolved into an unusual monarchy with some weak puny white-faced creature for the sovereign, and those whose color was furtherest removed from white, though a Newton or...a Washington would be reduced to the most abject slavery…. Such claims could never be admitted by any except those who are prompted by avarice to encroach upon the sacred rights of their fellow men, and are vainly endeavoring to appease a corroding conscience.
Raymond Smock James Madison was the Speaker of the House. But he also wrote many speeches for George Washington. He even wrote some of Washington’s Messages to Congress. Then as the Speaker, he would write the reply to Washington’s message that he had written.
Anonymous This may not be what George Washington looked like then, but this is what he looks like now!
Frederick II From the oldest general in Europe to the greatest general on earth.
Pierre Beaumarchais The art of making war with success being the fruit of courage combined with prudence, intelligence and experience, a companion in arms of the great Frederick, who was with him during twenty-two years, seemed to us all a man most fit to assist Monsieur Washington.
Pius IX; Giovanni Maria From Rome to America A Roma Americae
Carl Schurz I will make a prophecy that may now sound peculiar. In fifty years Lincoln's name will be inscribed close to Washington's on this Republic's roll of honor.
Benjamin Rush I have heard several officers who have served under General Gates compare his army to a well regulated family. The same gentlemen have compared General Washington's imitation of an army to an unformed mob. Look at the characters of both! The one on the pinnacle of military glory--exulting in the success of schemes planned with wisdom, & executed with vigor and bravery--and above all see a country saved by their exertions. See the other outgeneraled and twice beaten--obliged to witness the march of a body of men only half their number thro' 140 miles of a thick settled country--forced to give up a city the capitol of a state & after all outwitted by the same army in a retreat.
Benjamin Rush An officer in Howe's army told me they executed ONLY two men in the last year. Their discipline prevents crimes. OUR WANT of it creates them. We have had 20 executions in the last year, & our army is not a bit the better for them. If Howe should lie still, desertions, sickness, accidental deaths & executions would waste our whole army in one year.
Anonymous Long Live the President!!!
Anonymous He is in Glory. The World is in Tears.
Ricardo Rene Lattemont We in America are obsessed with elections. Elections are a waste of time. Unless you have a cohort of political leadership as with a Washington, Madison and Jefferson, what is the point of having an election? So some fool will get elected and be nominally in charge and is not really leading a cohort. There is no sense of political coherence among the elite about what the state is going to be.
Anonymous He is in glory. The world is in tears.
Abraham Davenport Several inhabitants have been killed and wounded, and nearly sixty within a short time carried into confinement and robbed of their property, and unless some protection is afforded, those who are of ability and inclination will retire into the country, and others will make their peace. The ardor of the people, (which is to be lamented,) has abated in consequence of their distresses, so that very little opposition is to be expected from them.
Anonymous Washington’s Navy
James Anderson There is not a man among them who would not leave if they believed they could make their escape … Liberty is sweet.
Francois Rene de Chateaubriand A degree of silence envelops [George] Washington’s actions; he moved slowly; one might say that he felt charged with future liberty, and that he feared to compromise it. It was not his own destiny that inspired this new species of hero: it was that of his country; he did not allow himself to enjoy what did not belong to him; but from that profound humility what glory emerged! Search the woods where Washington’s sword gleamed: what do you find? Tombs? No; a world! Washington has left the United States behind for a monument on the field of battle.
Marquis de Lafayette; Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du There is between Mr. Jefferson and Mr. Adams a diversity of opinion respecting the Algerians. Adams things peace should be purchased from them. Mr. Jefferson finds it as cheap and more honorable to cruise against them. I am inclined to the latter opinion ...
William Smyth Sir Henry Clinton used every expedient to bring them over to the British army, but in vain. Washington and the congress, luckily for America, being more considerate than generals and legislators on such occasions commonly are, adopted mild measures; the army was not dissolved, and the revolt was quieted.
William Smyth The plaudits of his country were continually sounding in his ears, and neither the judgment nor the virtues of the man were ever disturbed. Armies were led to the field with all the enterprise of a hero, and then dismissed with all the equanimity of a philosopher. Power was accepted, was exercised, was resigned, precisely at the moment and in the way that duty and patriotism directed. Whatever was the difficulty, the trial, the temptation, or the danger, there stood the soldier and the citizen, eternally the same, without fear, and without reproach, and there was the man who was not only at all times virtuous but at all times wise
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[As I am] informed that numbers of free negroes are desirous of enlisting, he gives leave to the recruiting officers to entertain them, and [will] lay the matter before the Congress, who, [I] doubts not, will approve of it Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
[For gunpowder] we are so exceedingly destitute that our artillery will be of little use without a supply which is large and seasonable. What we have must be reserved for the small arms, and that managed with the utmost frugality. Military & Veterans
[I wonder] whether a case similar to ours is to be found: to wit, to maintain a post against the flower of the British troops for 6 months altogether, without powder, and at the end to have the army disbanded and raised within the same distance of the reinforced enemy. Military & Veterans
’Tis time we should get rid of an error which the experience of all mankind has exploded, and which our own experience had dearly taught us to reject. We have frequently heard the behavior of the Militia extolled . . . by visionary Men whose credulity easily swallowed every vague story in support of a favorite Hypothesis. America has been almost amused out of her liberties. I solemnly declare I never was witness to a single instance that can countenance an opinion of Militia or raw troops being fit for the real business of fighting. Military & Veterans
… freemen contending in the most righteous cause. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
… 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. Freedom & Liberty
… they should experience the benefits of an impartial dispensation of justice …. That the mode of alienating their lands, the main source of discontent and war, should be so defined and regulated as to obviate imposition and as far as may be practicable controversy …. commerce with them should be promoted under regulations tending to secure an equitable deportment toward them, and that such rational experiments should be made for imparting to them the blessings of civilization as may from time to time suit their condition efficacious provision should be made for inflicting adequate penalties upon all those who, by violating their rights, shall infringe the treaties and endanger the peace of the Union. That the Executive of the United States should be enabled to employ the means to which the Indians have been long accustomed for uniting their immediate interests with the preservation of peace …. efficacious provision should be made for inflicting adequate penalties upon all those who, by violating their rights, shall infringe the treaties and endanger the peace of the Union …. A system corresponding with the mild principles of religion and philanthropy toward an unenlightened race of men, whose happiness materially depends on the conduct of the United States, would be as honorable to the national character as conformable to the dictates of sound policy. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
…the tranquil deliberations and voluntary consent of so many distinct communities, […] cannot be compared with the means by which most Governments have been established, without some return of pious gratitude…
…we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven, can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained.
A Constitutional provision limiting the size of our army is a good idea, but we must also include a provision that no enemy may attack us with a larger army Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
A democratic state must feel before it can see; that is what makes it slow to act. But the people, at last, will be right. Democracies & Republics
A provision for the sale of the vacant lands of the United States is particularly urged, among other reasons, by the important considerations that they are pledged as a fund for reimbursing the public debt; that if timely and judiciously applied they may save the necessity of burdening our citizens with new taxes for the extinguishment of the principal; and that being free to discharge the principal but in a limited proportion, no opportunity ought to be lost for availing the public of its right. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
abolished by slow, sure and imperceptible degrees Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
All officers and soldiers are hereby, ordered to live in the strictest amity with the inhabitants; and no inhabitant … is to be molested in his person or property on any, pretext whatsoever. War & Peace
Appreciate the signal and manifold mercies…the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we enjoy, and the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness…for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; that we must unite in humbly offering our supplications to pardon our national and other transgressions, to enable us to perform our duties properly and punctually, to render our national government a blessing to all people by constantly being a government of wise, just and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed. Freedom & Liberty
Arnold is a traitor, and has fled to the British! Whom can we trust now? Loyalty & Loyalty Oaths
Avoid the necessity of those overgrown Military establishments, which under any form of Government are inauspicious to liberty, and which are to be regarded as particularly hostile to Republican Liberty. Military & Veterans
Between you and me, I think our affairs are in a very bad situation.; not so much from the apprehension of General Howe’s army, as from the defection of New York, Jersey and Pennsylvania. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Brothers: I am glad you have brought three of the Children of your principal Chiefs to be educated with us. I am sure Congress will open the Arms of love to them, and will look upon them as their own Children, and will have them educated accordingly. This is a great mark of your confidence and of your desire to preserve the friendship between the Two Nations to the end of time, and to become One people with your Brethren of the United States. My ears hear with pleasure the other matters you mention. Congress will be glad to hear them too. You do well to wish to learn our arts and ways of life, and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ. These will make you a greater and happier people than you are. Congress will do everything they can to assist you in this wise intention; and to tie the knot of friendship and union so fast, that nothing shall ever be able to loosen it. Minorities & Women
But how does it happen, that all our information of what is transacting in Europe, should come through indirect Channels, or from the Enemy? Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
Corps of Sappers and Miners Military & Veterans
Differences in political opinions are as unavoidable … but it is exceedingly to be regretted that subjects cannot be discussed with temper in hand, or decisions submitted to … without improperly implicating the motives which led to them; and this regret borders on chagrin, when we find that men of ability, zealous patriots, having the same general objects in view, the same upright intentions to prosecute them, will not utilize their charity in deciding on the opinions and actions of each other. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
Europe has a set of primary interests which to us have none or a very remote relation, hence she must be engaged in frequent controversies, the causes of which are essentially foreign to our concerns. Hence, therefore, it must be unwise in us to implicate ourselves by artificial ties in the ordinary vicissitudes of her politics or the ordinary combinations and collisions of her friendships or enmities. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder. Power ;Corruption
Having now finished the work assigned me, I retire from the great theatre of action, and bidding an affectionate farewell to this august body, under whose orders I have so long acted, I here offer my commission, and take my leave of all the employments of public life. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I am convinced our System of temporary enlistments has prolonged the War and encouraged the enemy to persevere. Baffled while we had an Army in the field, they have been constantly looking forward to the period of its reduction, as the period to our opposition, and the season of their successes. They have flattered themselves with more than the event has justified; for they believed when one Army expired, we should not be able to raise another: undeceived however in this expectation by experience, they still remained convinced, and to me evidently on good grounds, that we must ultimately sink under a system which increases our expense beyond calculation, enfeebles all our measures, affords the most inviting opportunities to the enemy, and wearies and disgusts the people.] Military & Veterans
I am persuaded that our liberties must be greatly hazarded, if not entirely lost, if their defense is left to any but a permanent standing army: I mean, one to exist during the war. Military & Veterans
I am religiously persuaded that the duration of the War and the greatest part of the misfortunes and perplexities we have hitherto experienced, are chiefly to be attributed to the System of temporary enlistments. Had we in the commencement raised an Army for the War, such as was within the reach of the Abilities of these States to raise and maintain we should not have suffered those military Checks which have so frequently shaken our cause, nor should we have incurred such enormous expenditures as have destroyed our paper Currency and with it all public credit. A moderate compact force on a permanent establishment capable of acquiring the discipline essential to military operations would have been able to make head against the enemy without comparison better than the throngs of Militia. Military & Veterans
I bade adieu to Mount Vernon, to private life, and to domestic felicity, and with a mind oppressed with more anxious and painful sensations than I have words to express, set out for New York with the best disposition to render service to my country in obedience to its calls, but with less hope of answering its expectations. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I beg leave to assure the Congress that as no pecuniary consideration could have tempted me to have accepted this arduous employment, I do not wish to make any profit from it. I will keep an exact account of my expenses. Those I doubt not they will discharge, and that is all I desire. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I behold the surest pledges, that as on one side, no local prejudices, or attachments; no seperate views, nor party animosities, will misdirect the comprehensive and equal eye which ought to watch over this great assemblage of communities and interests: so, on another, that the foundations of our National policy will be laid in the pure and immutable principles of private morality; and the pre-eminence of a free Government, be exemplified by all the attributes which can win the affections of its Citizens, and command the respect of the world. Government
I can never look upon that proclamation in any other light (but I say this between ourselves) than as a temporary expedient to quiet the minds of the Indians. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
I can not dismiss the subject of Indian affairs without again recommending to your consideration the expediency of more adequate provision for giving energy to the laws throughout our interior frontier and for restraining the commission of outrages upon the Indians, without which all pacific plans must prove nugatory. To enable, by competent rewards, the employment of qualified and trusty persons to reside among them as agents would also contribute to the preservation of peace and good neighborhood Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
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. Freedom & Liberty ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
I had always hoped that this land might become a safe and agreeable asylum to the virtuous and persecuted part of mankind, to whatever nation they might belong. Democracies & Republics
I had the honor to receive your Official communication by the hand of Mr Secretary Thompson, about one O’Clock this day. Having concluded to obey the important and flattering call of my Country, and having been impressed with an idea of the expediency of my being with Congress at as early a period as possible; I propose to commence my journey on thursday morning which will be the day after tomorrow. . . Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I have been surprised, as often as I have reflected, and really cannot devise any reason, why the Assembly should be so much averse to established rules for the regulation of their forces, which long experience in established armies fully evinces the necessity of. And my surprise is yet increased, when I consider how cautiously worded the act of Parliament is, to preserve the rights and liberties of the people against the arbitrary proceedings of the military officers. Military & Veterans
I have heretofore proposed to the consideration of Congress the expediency of establishing a national university and also a military academy. The desirableness of both these institutions has so constantly increased with every new view I have taken of the subject that I can not omit the opportunity of once for all recalling your attention to them. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
I have never yet seen the time in which our affairs, in my opinion, were at so low an ebb as at the present. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
I have no disposition to withhold any information which the duty of my station will permit, or the public good shall require to be disclosed: and in fact, all the Papers affecting the negotiation with Great Britain were laid before the Senate, when the Treaty itself was communicated for their consideration and advice Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I have tried every Method I Could think of to procure Arms for our Men, they really are not to be had in these Governments. Budgets & Budgeting
I rejoice in having so favorable an opportunity of felicitating the State of Rhode Island on the co-operation I am sure to find in the measures adopted by the guardians of literature in this place, for improving the morals of the rising generation, and inculcating upon their minds principles peculiarly calculated for the preservation of our rights and liberties. You may rely on whatever protection I may be able to afford in so important an object as the education of our youth. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
I think myself under the necessity of informing your Honor, of the odd behaviour of the few Militia that were marched hither from Fairfax, Culpeper, and Prince William counties. Many of them unarmed, and all without ammunition or provision. Those of Culpeper behaved particularly ill: Out of the hundred that were draughted, seventy-odd arrived here; of which only twenty-five were tolerably armed. I proposed to the unarm’d, that as they came from home (at least with a shew) of serving their country; and as they were, from the want of arms, incapacitated to defend themselves, much less to annoy the enemy, or afford any protection to the Inhabitants Guns & Gun Control
I trust I do not deceive myself when I indulge the persuasion that I have never met you at any period when more than at the present the situation of our public affairs has afforded just cause for mutual congratulation. States. Nations & Nationhood
I was involuntarily led into a short discussion … by your remarks on the conduct of the Boston people, and your opinion of their wishes to set up for independency. I am as well satisfied as I can be of my existence that no such thing is desired by any thinking man in all North America; on the contrary, that it is the ardent wish of the warmest advocates for liberty, that peace and tranquility, upon constitutional grounds, may be restored, and the horrors of civil discord prevented … Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
I. George Washington, President of the United States, do hereby command all persons, being insurgents, as aforesaid, and all others whom it may concern, on or before the 1st day of September next to disperse and retire peaceably to their respective abodes. And I do moreover warn all persons whomsoever against aiding, abetting, or comforting the perpetrators of the aforesaid treasonable acts; and do require all officers and other citizens, according to their respective duties and the laws of the land, to exert their utmost endeavors to prevent and suppress such dangerous proceedings Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
If Mr. Monroe should ever fill the Chair of Government, he may let the French Minister frame his Speeches.... There is abundant evidence of his being a mere tool in the hands of the French government Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
If they are good workmen, they may be of Asia, Africa or Europe. They may be Mohammetans [Moslems] Jews or Christians or any Sect–or they may be Atheists. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
If to be venerated for benevolence, if to be admired for talents, if to be esteemed for patriotism, if to be beloved for philanthropy, can gratify the human mind, you must have the pleasing consolation to know that you have not lived in vain. Human Nature
It (the proclamation of 1763) must fall, of course, in a few years, especially when those Indians consent to our occupying the lands. Any person, therefore, who neglects the present opportunity of hunting out good lands, and in some measure marking out and distinguishing them for his own, in order to keep others from settling them, will never regain it. Development & Growth
It is a valuable ingredient in the general estimate of our welfare that the part of our country which was lately the scene of disorder and insurrection now enjoys the blessings of quiet and order. The misled have abandoned their errors, and pay the respect to our Constitution and laws which is due from good citizens to the public authorities of the society. These circumstances have induced me to pardon generally the offenders here referred to, and to extend forgiveness to those who had been adjudged to capital punishment. For though I shall always think it a sacred duty to exercise with firmness and energy the constitutional powers with which I am vested, yet it appears to me no less consistent with the public good than it is with my personal feelings to mingle in the operations of Government every degree of moderation and tenderness which the national justice, dignity, and safety may permit. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
It is important that our delegates confine themselves within their respective Constitutional spheres, avoiding in the exercise of the powers of one department to encroach upon another. The spirit of encroachment tends to consolidate the powers of all the departments in one, and thus to create … a real despotism. Intergovernmental Relations
It is much to be feared, my dear Sir, that the States in their separate capacities have very inadequate ideas of the present danger. Removed (some of them) far distant from the scene of action and seeing, and hearing such publications only as flatter their wishes they conceive that the contest is at an end, and that to regulate the government and police of their own State is all that remains to be done; but it is devoutly to be wished that a sad reverse of this may not fall upon them like a thunder clap that is little expected. I do not mean to designate particular States. I wish to cast no reflections upon any one. The Public believes (and if they do believe it, the fact might almost as well be so) that the States at this time are badly represented, and that the great, and important concerns of the nation are horribly conducted, for want either of abilities or application in the Members, or through discord and party views of some individuals; Leaders & Leadership
It must be laid down as a primary position and the basis of our system, that every citizen who enjoys the protection of free government, owes not only a portion of his property, but even of his service to the defense of it. Citizenship & Patriotism
Just as we cool our coffee at the breakfast table we pour legislation into the senatorial saucer to cool it Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Laws or ordinances unobserved, or partially attended to, had better never have been made. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Let me conjure you, in the name of our common Country, as you value your own sacred honor, as you respect the rights of humanity, and as you regard the Military and National character of America, to express your utmost horror and detestation of the Man who wishes, under any specious pretences, to overturn the liberties of our Country, and who wickedly at- tempts to open the flood Gates of Civil discord, and deluge our rising Empire in Blood. You will defeat the insidious designs of our Enemies, who are compelled to resort from open force to secret Artifice. You will give one more distinguished proof of unexampled patriotism and patient virtue, rising superior to the pressure of the most complicated sufferings; And you will, by the dignity of your Conduct, afford occasion for Posterity to say, when speaking of the glorious example you have exhibited to Mankind, "had this day been wanting, the World had never seen the last stage of perfection to which human nature is capable of attaining. Human Nature
Measures calculated to insure a continuance of the friendship of the Indians and to preserve peace along the extent of our interior frontier have been digested and adopted. In the framing of these care has been taken to guard on the one hand our advanced settlements from the predatory incursions of those unruly individuals who can not be restrained by their tribes, and on the other hand to protect the rights secured to the Indians by treaty - to draw them nearer to the civilized state and inspire them with correct conceptions of the power as well as justice of the Government. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Men see through different optics. Miscellaneous
Murder Act Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
My situation is inexpressibly distressing, to see the winter frost approaching upon a naked army, the time of their service within a few weeks of expiring, and no provision yet made for such important events. The military chest is totally exhausted; the paymaster has not a single dollar; the quartermaster the same; the greater part of the troops are not far from mutiny, upon the deduction from their stated allowances : if there is not more punctuality in future, the army must absolutely break up War & Peace
Neither negroes, boys unable to bear arms, nor old men unfit to endure the fatigues of the campaign, are to be enlisted Military & Veterans
Never unsheathe the sword except in self defense. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
No Dependence can be put on the Militia for a continuance in Camp, or Regularity and Discipline during the short time they may stay Military & Veterans
No pecuniary consideration is more urgent than the regular redemption and discharge of the public debt. On none can delay be more injurious or an economy of time more valuable Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
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. Government
Occupants of public offices love power and are prone to abuse it. Power
Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. Religion & God ;Government
One thing I must remark in favor of the Hessians, and that is, that our people, who have been prisoners, generally agree that they received much kinder treatment from them, than from the British officers and soldiers. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Our profession is the chastest of all; even the shadow of a fault tarnishes the luster of our finest achievements. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
Our situation is truly distressing; the militias are dismayed, intractable, and impatient to return; great numbers of them have gone off, in some instances almost by whole regiments. With the deepest concern I am obliged to confess my want of confidence in the generality of the troops. I have more than once taken the liberty of mentioning this to congress. Military & Veterans
Partisanship is a fire not to be quenched. It demands a uniform vigilance to prevent its busting into a flame, lest instead of warming, it should consume. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Pennsylvania Avenue States. Nations & Nationhood
Political evils must be sorely felt before they can be removed. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
Providence punishes national sins with national calamities. Religion & God
Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle. Religion & God
Refrain from drink which is the source of all evil--and the ruin of half the workmen in this Country. Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
Take and seize all such Vessels laden with Soldiers, Arms, Ammunition or provisions for or from the [British] army…. Avoid any Engagement with any Armed Vessel of the Enemy … the Design of this Enterprise being to intercept the supplies. War & Peace
That spirit of freedom which, at the commencement of this contest, would have gladly sacrificed everything to the attainment of its object, has long since subsided, and every selfish passion has taken its place. It is not the public but private interest which influences the generality of mankind; nor can the Americans any longer boast an exception. Human Nature
That spirit of freedom, which at the commencement of this contest would have gladly sacrificed everything to the attainment of its object, has long since subsided, and every selfish passion has taken its place. It is not the public, but private interest, which influences the generality of mankind, nor can the Americans any longer boast an exception. Under these circumstances it would rather have been surprising if you had succeeded Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The Army, as usual, are without Pay; and a great part of the Soldiery without Shirts; and tho' the patience of them is equally threadbare, the States seem perfectly indifferent to their cries. Military & Veterans
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 welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges, if by decency and propriety of conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment. Immigration & Emigration
The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respected Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations and Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges, if by decency and propriety of conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment .
The Citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy: a policy worthy of imitation. All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship. It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people, that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights. 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. Freedom & Liberty
The disorders in the existing currency, and especially the scarcity of small change, a scarcity so peculiarly distressing to the poorer classes, strongly recommend the carrying into immediate effect the resolution already entered into concerning the establishment of a mint. Minorities & Women
The enemy, finding us so well prepared, mean to bombard us out of our present line of defense; or are waiting in expectation that the colonists must sink under the weight of the expense, or the prospect of a winter campaign, so discouraging to our troops, as to break up our army. War & Peace
The establishment of the militia, of a mint, of standards of weights and measures, of the post office and post roads are subjects which I presume you will resume of course, and which are abundantly urged by their own importance. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
The greatest estates we have in this colony were made … by taking up and purchasing at very low rates the rich back lands which were thought nothing of in those days, but are now the most valuable lands we possess. Development & Growth
The Hon. Continental Congress having been pleased to allow a Chaplain to each Regiment, with the pay of Thirty-three Dollars and one third per month--The Colonels or commanding officers of each regiment are directed to procure Chaplains accordingly; persons of good Characters and exemplary lives--To see that all inferior officers and soldiers pay them a suitable respect and attend carefully upon religious exercises. The blessing and protection of Heaven are at all times necessary but especially so in times of public distress and danger--The General hopes and trusts, that every officer and man, will endeavor so to live, and act, as becomes a Christian Soldier defending the dearest Rights and Liberties of his country.... Religion & God
The immediate objects are the total destruction and devastation of their settlements. . . . It will be essential to ruin their crops now in the ground and prevent them planting more. It should be . . . impressed upon the minds of the men whenever they have an opportunity, to rush on with the war hoop and fixed bayonet. Nothing will disconcert and terrify the Indians more than this War & Peace
The laws you have already passed for the establishment of a judiciary system have opened the doors of justice to all descriptions of persons. You will consider in your wisdom whether improvements in that system may yet be made, and particularly whether a uniform process of execution on sentences issuing from the Federal courts be not desirable through all the States. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
The national policy would be laid in the pure and immutable principles of private morality Policy & Policy Making
The object of your detachment is to compel the mutineers to unconditional submission, and I am to desire you will grant no terms while they are with arms in their hands in a state of resistance …. If you succeed in compelling the revolted troops to a surrender you will instantly execute a few of the most active and most incendiary leaders. Leaders & Leadership
The picture you exhibit and the accounts that are published, exhibit a melancholy verification of what our transatlantic foes have predicted; and of another thing, which is perhaps still more to be regretted, and is yet more unaccountable--that mankind, when left to themselves, are unfit for their own government. I am mortified beyond expression. I am lost in amazement, when I behold what intrigue, the interested view of desperate characters, ignorance and jealousy of the minor part of our fellow citizens, are capable of effecting; for it is hardly to be supposed that the great body of the people can be so short-sighted. Riots ;Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
The powers specially vested in me by the act laying certain duties on distilled spirits, … have likewise [been] carried into effect…. The novelty, however, of the tax in a considerable part of the United States and a misconception of some of its provisions have given occasion in particular places to some degree of discontent; but it is satisfactory to know that this disposition yields to proper explanations and more just apprehensions of the true nature of the law, and I entertain a full confidence that it will in all give way to motives which arise out of a just sense of duty and a virtuous regard to the public welfare. Taxes
The rapid decay of our currency, the extinction of public spirit, the increasing rapacity of the times, the want of harmony in our council, the declining zeal of the people, the discontents and distresses of the officers of the army, and, I may add, the prevailing security and insensibility to danger are symptoms, in my eye, of a most alarming nature. Miscellaneous
The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional as to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were Treated and Appreciated by their nation. Military & Veterans
There is a rank due to the United States among nations, which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness. If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure the peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known that we are at all times ready for war. Defense & National Security ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
There is nothing which can better deserve our patronage than the promotion of science and literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
There never was a law yet made, I conceive, that hit the taste exactly of every man, or every part of the community; of course, if this be a reason for opposition, no law can be executed at all without force Legislating & Legislative Process
This you may … rely on, that none of them will ever submit to the loss of those valuable rights & privileges which are essential to the happiness of every free State, and without which, Life, Liberty & property are rendered totally insecure. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
To an active external commerce the protection of a naval force is indispensable ... it is in our own experience that the most sincere neutrality is not a sufficient guard against the depredations of nations at war. To secure respect to a neutral flag requires a naval force organized and ready to vindicate it from insult or aggression. This may even prevent the necessity of going to war by discouraging belligerent powers from committing such violations of the rights of the neutral party as may, first or last, leave no other option…. These considerations invite the United States to look to the means, and to set about the gradual creation of a navy. Military & Veterans
To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace. War & Peace
Unless a capital change takes place soon, it will be impossible for me to maintain our posts and keep the army from dispersing Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. Government ;Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
We must on all occasions, avoid a general action, nor put anything to the risk unless compelled by a necessity into which we ought never to be drawn. The war must be defensive, a war of posts. I have never spared the spade and the pickaxe. War & Peace
We ought not to look back, unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dear bought experience. History
When I was first honoured with a call into the Service of my Country, then on the eve of an arduous struggle for its liberties, the light in which I contemplated my duty required that I should renounce every pecuniary compensation. From this resolution I have in no instance departed. And being still under the impressions which produced it, I must decline as inapplicable to myself, any share in the personal emoluments, which may be indispensably included in a permanent provision for the Executive Department; and must accordingly pray that the pecuniary estimates for the Station in which I am placed, may, during my continuance in it, be limited to such actual expenditures as the public good may be thought to require.
Why entangle our peace and prosperity in the toils of European ambition, rivalship, interest, humor, or caprice? Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
You are beseeched most earnestly my dear Col. Harrison, to exert yourself in endeavoring to rescue your Country, by, (let me add) sending your ablest and best Men to Congress; these characters must not slumber, nor sleep at home, in such times of pressing danger; they must not content themselves in the enjoyment of places of honor or profit in their own Country, while the common interests of America are mouldering and sinking into irretrievable (if a remedy is not soon applied) ruin, in which theirs also must ultimately be involved. States. Nations & Nationhood
You could as soon scrub the blackamoor white, as to change the principles of a professed Democrat Liberals & Conservatives
Your herring Sir, is undoubtedly of a higher flavor than our own, either to the superior skills of the Hollanders in curing it, or that the fish itself is richer and more delicious than the same sort with us. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends.
Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness. Power
Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.
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.
Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. Friendship
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.
Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all. Success
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.
Friendship is a plant of slow growth and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation. Friendship
Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism. Citizenship & Patriotism
Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected. Happiness & Unhappiness
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.
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.
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 have no other view than to promote the public good, and am unambitious of honors not founded in the approbation of my Country.
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. Hope
I walk on untrodden ground. There is scarcely any part of my conduct which may not hereafter be drawn into precedent.
If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter. Freedom & Liberty
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. War & Peace
It is better to be alone than in bad company.
It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.
It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company.
It is impossible to reason without arriving at a Supreme Being.
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. Government
It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it.
Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience.
Laws made by common consent must not be trampled on by individuals. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
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.
Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair; the rest is in the hands of God. Religion & God
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. Religion & God
Let your Discourse with Men of Business be Short and Comprehensive. Business, Commerce & Finance
Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone, and let your hand give in proportion to your purse.
Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth. Freedom & Liberty
Mankind, when left to themselves, are unfit for their own government. Government
My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth. War & Peace
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. Life ;Success
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.
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.
Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all. History ;Religion & God
Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty. Government
Religion is as necessary to reason as reason is to religion. The one cannot exist without the other. A reasoning being would lose his reason, in attempting to account for the great phenomena of nature, had he not a Supreme Being to refer to; and well has it been said, that if there had been no God, mankind would have been obliged to imagine one. Nature ;Religion & God
Some day, following the example of the United States of America, there will be a United States of Europe.
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.
The basis of our political system is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government. Government
The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.
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. Power ;War & Peace
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.
The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves. Time
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.
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. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Happiness & Unhappiness
True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity, before it is entitled to the appellation. Friendship
Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light. Truth
War - An act of violence whose object is to constrain the enemy, to accomplish our will. War & Peace
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.
When we assumed the Soldier, we did not lay aside the Citizen.
Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.