George Washington

George Washington

Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force! It is a dangerous servant and a terrible master.

Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.

Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.

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 and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.

Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant, and a fearful master.

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.

Be courteous to all, but intimate with few; and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.

There is nothing that gives a man consequence, and renders him fit for command, like a support that renders him independent of everybody but the State he serves.

Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.

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 grow, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.

Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience.

I know [patriotism] exists, and I know it has done much in the present contest. But a great and lasting war can never be supported on this principle alone. It must be aided by a prospect of interest, or some reward.

I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.

We ought not to look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dear-brought experience.