George Washington

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

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 growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.

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

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.

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.

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 by a prospect of interest, or some reward.

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

I hate deception, even where the imagination only is concerned.

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

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