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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, FATHER OF OUR COUNTRY (21 SELECTED QUOTES)

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 22, 2010

 

“Guard against the postures of pretended patriotism.”

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, 29 May, 1754

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, 8 January, 1756

The ways of Providence being inscrutable, and the justice of it not to be scanned by the shallow eye of humanity, nor to be counteracted by the utmost efforts of human power or wisdom, resignation, and as far as the strength of our reason and religion can carry us, a cheerful acquiescence to the Divine Will, is what we are to aim.   – Letter to Colonel Bassett, 25 April, 1773

Every post is honorable in which a man can serve his country.
– Letter to Benedict Arnold, 14 September 1775

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, Headquarters, New York, 2 July 1776

The General hopes and trusts that every officer and man will endeavor to live and act as becomes a Christian soldier defending the dearest rights and liberties of his country.
– General Order, 9 July 1776 George Washington Papers at the Library of Congress, 1741-1799

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 are to be pillaged and destroyed, and themselves consigned to a state of wretchedness from which no human efforts will deliver them. The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army. Our cruel and unrelenting enemy leaves us only the choice of brave resistance, or the most abject submission. We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer or die.
– Address to the Continental Army before the Battle of Long Island, 27 August 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 out with fatigues and hardships, but we know not how to spare you. If you will consent to stay one month longer, you will render that service to the cause of liberty, and to your country, which you probably can never do under any other circumstances.
– Encouraging his men to renlist in the army, 31 December 1776

While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian.
– General Orders, 2 May 1778

Example, whether it be good or bad, has a powerful influence.
– Letter to Lord Stirling, 5 March 1780

You will, by the dignity of your Conduct, afford occasion for Posterity to say, when speaking of the glorious example you have exhibited to Mankind, had this day been wanting, the World had never seen the last stage of perfection to which human nature is capable of attaining.
– Response to the first Newburgh Address, 15 March 1783

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 to us; the freedom of speech may be taken away, and dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.
-Address to officers of the Army, 15 March 1783

To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.
-First Annual Address, to both Houses of Congress, 8 January 1790

A people… who are possessed of the spirit of commerce, who see and who will pursue their advantages may achieve almost anything. Letter to Benjamin Harrison, 10 October 1784

All see, and most admire, the glare which hovers round the external trappings of elevated office. To me there is nothing in it, beyond the lustre which may be reflected from its connection with a power of promoting human felicity.
-Letter to Catherine Macaulay Graham, 9 January1790

It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.
– Letter to his niece, Harriet Washington, 30 October 1791

We have abundant reason to rejoice that in this Land the light of truth & reason has triumphed over the power of bigotry and superstition, and that every person may here worship God according to the dictates of his own heart. In this enlightened age & in this Land of equal liberty it is our boast, that a man’s religious tenets will not forfeit the protection of the Laws, nor deprive him of the right of attaining & holding the highest offices that are known in the United States.
– Letter To the members of the New Church of Baltimore, 22 January 1793

When one side only of a story is heard and often repeated, the human mind becomes impressed with it insensibly.
– Letter to Edmund Pendleton, 22 January 1795

Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths, which are the instruments of investigation in Courts of Justice?”Farewell address, 26 September 1796

“…….the name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism…” Farewell address, 26 September 1796

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