Washington Quotes on Liberty

"My brave fellows, you have done all I asked you to do, and more than can be reasonably expected; but your country is at stake, your wives, your houses and all that you hold dear. You have worn yourselves…

Washington, encouraging his men to re-enlist in the army | Tuesday, December 31, 1776


"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


"At a time, when our lordly masters in Great Britain will be satisfied with nothing less than the deprivation of American freedom, it seems highly necessary that something should be done to avert the stroke…

Letter to George Mason | Wednesday, April 05, 1769


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

Letter to James Madison | Sunday, March 02, 1788


"Let us therefore animate and encourage each other, and show the whole world that a Freeman, contending for liberty on his own ground, is superior to any slavish mercenary on earth."

General Orders | Tuesday, July 02, 1776


"For 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…

Address to the Officers of the Army | Saturday, March 15, 1783

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