Washington Quotes on Government

"The situation in which I now stand, for the last time, in the midst of the Representatives of the People of the United States, naturally recalls the period when the Administration of the present form…

George Washington, Eighth Annual Message to Congress | Wednesday, December 07, 1796

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"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…

From George Washington to the Hebrew Congregation in Newport, Rhode Island | Wednesday, August 18, 1790

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"For myself, the delay may be compared to a reprieve; for in confidence I can assure you?with the world it would obtain little credit?that my movements to the chair of Government will be accompanied with…

From George Washington to Henry Knox | Wednesday, April 01, 1789

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"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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"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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"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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"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…

Letter to Alexander Hamilton | Friday, May 02, 1783

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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…

First Inaugural Address | Thursday, April 30, 1789

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"I now make it my earnest prayer, that God would have you, and the State over which you preside, in his holy protection, that he would incline the hearts of the Citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination…

Circular to the States | Sunday, June 08, 1783

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"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…

Farewell Address to the People of the United States

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"It is important ... 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;…

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

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