Washington Quotes on Revolution

"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


"in short the Ministry may rely on it that Americans will never be tax?d without their own consent that the cause of Boston the despotick Measures in respect to it I mean now is and ever will be considerd…

From George Washington to George William Fairfax | Friday, June 10, 1774


"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


"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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