Washington Quotes on Peace

"For I love to indulge the contemplation of human nature in a progressive state of improvement and melioration: and if the idea would not be considered as visionary and chimerical, I could fondly hope…

George Washington to the Marquis de Lafayette | Thursday, January 10, 1788


"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


"Of all the animosities which have existed among mankind, those which are caused by a difference of sentiments in religion appear to be the most inveterate and distressing, and ought most to be deprecated…

Letter to Sir Edward Newenham | Saturday, October 20, 1792


"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


"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


"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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