"If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter."
George Washington
George Washington
1st U.S. President

George Washington Quotes on Duty to the Country:

Honesty will be found on every experiment, to be the best and only true policy. Let us then as a nation be just.
The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained.
Every post is honorable in which a man can serve his country.
A man’s intentions should be allowed in some respects to plead for his actions.
More permanent and genuine happiness is to be found in the sequestered walks of connubial life than in the giddy rounds of promiscuous pleasure.
I shall make it the most agreeable part of my duty to study merit, and reward the brave and deserving.
Nothing is a greater stranger to my breast, or a sin that my soul more abhors, than that black and detestable one, ingratitude.
I was summoned by my country, whose voice I can never hear but with veneration and love.
I shall not be deprived of a comfort in the worst event, if I retain a consciousness of having acted to the best of my judgment.
The consciousness of having discharged that duty which we owe to our country is superior to all other considerations.

“Mankind, when left to themselves, are unfit for their own government.”

George Washington Quotes on Peace and Qualities:

Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.
To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.
Let your discourse with men of business be short and comprehensive.
Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.
Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.
Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone, and let your hand give in proportion to your purse.
Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.
If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.
Laws made by common consent must not be trampled on by individuals.
Few people have the virtue to withstand the highest bidder.



George Washington was an American political leader, statesman, military general, and founding father of the United States. He served as the first president of the United States from 1789 to 1797. Before that, Washington led Patriot forces to victory in the nation’s War for Independence. He directed the Constitutional Convention of 1787, which established the U.S. Constitution and a federal government. Washington is called the “Father of the United States” for his leadership in the formative days of the new nation.

Washington played a significant role in adopting and ratifying the Constitution and was then elected president (twice) by the Electoral College. He set an exemplary standard for the national government and the president in particular. Many scholars, historians, and polls rank him among the greatest presidents of the United States.

Washington’s face appears on Mount Rushmore. The US capital Washington, D.C., and the state of Washington are named after him. He appears on contemporary U.S. currency, including the one-dollar bill and the quarter-dollar coin. Together with Benjamin Franklin, he appeared on the nation’s first postage stamps in 1847, and since then he has appeared on many postage issues, more than any other person.