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Famous quotes by George Washington

George Washington was the first president of the United States of America , best known for leading the patriot forces and defeating the British during the American war of independence (Also known as the American Revolutionary War) from 1775 to 1783.

Washington was also a man who spoke many wise words that we can all take meaning from and use as a compass for our everyday life. Our collection of the most Famous quotes by George Washington are shown below (Remember to scroll to the last page for some interesting facts!)

“It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.”

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Famous George Washington Quotes

“It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.”

“To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.” 

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“To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.”

“Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.” 

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“Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.”

“Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.”

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Famous George Washington Quotes

“Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.”

“Real men despise battle but will never run from it.”

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Famous George Washington Quotes

“Real men despise battle but will never run from it.”

“The harder the conflict, the greater the triumph.” 

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Famous George Washington Quotes

“The foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing is a vice so mean and low that every person of sense and character detests and despises it.”

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Famous George Washington Quotes

“Perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages.”

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Famous George Washington Quotes

“We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience.”

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Famous George Washington Quotes

“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent, we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”

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

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“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.”


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Famous George Washington Quotes

“I’ll die on my feet before I’ll live on my knees”


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Famous George Washington Quotes

“Human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.”

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Famous George Washington Quotes

“99% of failures come from people who make excuses.”

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Famous George Washington Quotes

“There is nothing which can better deserve our patronage than the promotion of science and literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness.”

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Famous George Washington Quotes

“Associate yourself with men of good quality, if you esteem your own reputation; for ‘tis better to be alone than in bad company.” 

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Famous George Washington Quotes

“A sensible woman can never be happy with a fool.”

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Famous George Washington Quotes

“Happiness depends more upon the internal frame of a person’s own mind, than on the externals in the world.”

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Famous George Washington Quotes

“I conceive a knowledge of books is the basis upon which other knowledge is to be built.”

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Famous George Washington Quotes

“We must consult our means rather than our wishes.”

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We must consult our means rather than our wishes quote

“Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all”

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Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all quote

“Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone.”

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Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone quote

“There is nothing so likely to produce peace as to be well prepared to meet the enemy”

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There is nothing so likely to produce peace as to be well prepared to meet the enemy quote

“Honesty is always the best policy.”

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Honesty is always the best policy quote

George Washington Facts:

  • Born 1732 in Virginia, British America
  • Died 1799 in Virginia, United States of America
  • His cause of death was identified as ‘Epiglottits’ which is inflammation of the epiglottis, preventing food from entering the windpipe.
  • Washington was the first president of the United States from 1789 to 1797. He was succeeded by Vice President, John Adams.
  • He was One of the founding fathers of the USA alongside other key figures such as John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay and Thomas Jefferson.
  • Interestingly enough, George Washington was not a signer of the declaration of independence
  • George Washington has no biological kids, he did however adopt two children (John and Patsy Curtis) after marrying their mother Martha. There is almost no conclusive evidence as to why George and Martha had no kids of their own.

Interesting Links and further readings:

George Washington Wiki

Mount Vernon George Washington Information Site

George Washington’s life in 3 minutes

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