Washington Quotes on Character

"Still I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain (what I consider the most enviable of all titles) the character of an honest man."

George Washington to Alexander Hamilton | Thursday, August 28, 1788

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"System in all things is the soul of business. To deliberate maturely, & execute promptly is the way to conduct it to advantage. With me, it has always been a maxim, rather to let my designs appear from…

George Washington to James Anderson | Thursday, December 21, 1797

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"a good moral character is the first essential in a man?It is therefore highly important that you should endeavor not only to be learned but virtuous."

To George Steptoe Washington | Sunday, December 05, 1790

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"It is infinitely better to have a few good men than many indifferent ones."

Letter to James McHenry | Friday, August 10, 1798

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

Letter to his niece, Harriet Washington | Sunday, October 30, 1791

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"Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder."

Letter to Major-General Robert Howe | Tuesday, August 17, 1779

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"...something is due to the Man who puts his life in his hand?hazards his health?& forsakes the Sweets of domestic enjoyments..."

From George Washing to John Hancock | Wednesday, September 25, 1776

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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?true friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo & withstand the shocks of adversity…

From George Washington to Bushrod Washington | Wednesday, January 15, 1783

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"?without Virtue and without integrity the finest talents of the most brilliant accomplishments can never fain the respect or conciliate the esteem of the truly valuable art of mankind."

Washington to Bartholomew Dandridge | Wednesday, March 08, 1797

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"While we are contending for our own liberty, we should be very cautious not to violate the rights of conscience in others, ever considering that God alone is the judge of the hearts of men, and to him…

Letter to Benedict Arnold | Thursday, September 14, 1775

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"Nothing is a greater stranger to my breast, or a sin that my soul more abhors, than that black and detestable one, ingratitude."

Letter to Governor Dinwiddie | Wednesday, May 29, 1754

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"I shall not be deprived ... of a comfort in the worst event, if I retain a consciousness of having acted to the best of my judgment."

letter to Colonel Bassett, Jun. 19, 1775 | Wednesday, July 19, 1775

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"Remember that it is the actions, and not the commission, that make the officer, and that there is more expected from him, than the title."

Address to the Officers of the Virginia Regiment | Thursday, January 08, 1756

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"A man's intentions should be allowed in some respects to plead for his actions."

Letter to the Speaker of the House of Burgesses | Sunday, April 18, 1756

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"I shall make it the most agreeable part of my duty to study merit, and reward the brave and deserving."

Address to the Officers of the Virginia Regiment | Thursday, January 08, 1756

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"Three things prompt men to a regular discharge of their duty in time of action: natural bravery, hope of reward, and fear of punishment."

Letter to the President of Congress, Feb. 9, 1776 | Friday, February 09, 1776

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"I can bear to hear of imputed or real errors. The man who wishes to stand well in the opinion of others must do this; because he is thereby enabled to correct his faults, or remove prejudices which are…

Letter to Joseph Reed, Jan. 14, 1776 | Sunday, January 14, 1776

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