Washington Quotes on Military

"Gentlemen, you will permit me to put on my spectacles, for, I have grown not only gray, but almost blind in the service of my country."

Statement before delivering response to the first Newburgh Address | Saturday, March 15, 1783


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

First Annual Address, to both Houses of Congress | Friday, January 08, 1790


"The time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be freemen or slaves; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their houses and farms…

Address to the Continental Army before the Battle of Long Island | Tuesday, August 27, 1776


"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


"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


"By the all-powerful dispensations of Providence, I have been protected beyond all human probability and expectation; for I had four bullets through my coat, and two horses shot under me, yet escaped unhurt…

GEORGE WASHINGTON, letter to John A. Washington, Jul. 18, 1755 | Friday, July 18, 1755


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready…

Fifth Annual Address to Congress | Friday, December 13, 1793

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