"It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliance with any portion of the foreign world."

Farewell Address to the People of the United States | Monday, September 19, 1796

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"Of all the animosities which have existed among mankind, those which are caused by a difference of sentiments in religion appear to be the most inveterate and distressing, and ought most to be deprecated…

Letter to Sir Edward Newenham | Saturday, October 20, 1792

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"I hold the maxim no less applicable to public than to private affairs, that honesty is the best policy."

Farewell Address to the People of the United States | Monday, September 19, 1796

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

Letter to Charles M. Thruston | Sunday, August 10, 1794

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"As a very important source of strength and security, cherish public credit. One method of preserving it is, to use it as sparingly as possible; avoiding occasions of expense by cultivating peace, but…

Farewell Address | Saturday, September 17, 1796

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"However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be…

Farewell Address | Saturday, September 17, 1796

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"There is nothing so likely to produce peace as to be well prepared to meet an enemy."

Letter to Elbridge Gerry | Saturday, January 29, 1780

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

Letter to James Madison | Sunday, March 02, 1788

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"The right wing, where I stood, was exposed to and received all the enemy's fire ... I heard the bullets whistle, and, believe me, there is something charming in the sound."

Letter to his brother, John A. Washington | Friday, May 31, 1754

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