"[T]he consideration that human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected, will always continue to prompt me to promote the progress of the former, by inculcating the practice of the latter."

From George Washington to the Protestant Episcopal Church | Wednesday, August 19, 1789


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

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


"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


"...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


"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


"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


"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


"?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


"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


"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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