George Washington

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. - George Washington

I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education which I received from my mother. - George Washington

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. - George Washington

Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth. {Letter 3/2/1788 to James Madison}  - George Washington

The general is sorry to be informed that the foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing, a vice heretofore little known in an American Army, is growing into fashion. He hopes that the Officers by example as well as influence will endeavor to check it. That both they and the men will know that we can not hope to have the blessings of heaven on our arms if we continue to insult it with our impiety and folly. - George Washington

Let your discourse with men of business be short and comprehensive. - George Washington

I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an Honest Man. - George Washington

The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered, perhaps, as deeply, as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people. - George Washington (1st inaugural address)

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these. - George Washington Carver