George & Martha Washington Quotations

George & Martha Washington

A man who will defraud another who confides in him is surely a greater villain than one who robs boldly at the risk of his life.

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

Candor is not a more conspicuous trait in the character of governments than it is in individuals.

Differences in political opinion are as unavoidable as, to a certain point, they may perhaps be necessary.

Do not conceive that fine clothes make fine men, any more than fine feathers make fine birds. A plain, genteel dress is more admired, obtains more credit in the eyes of the judicious and sensible.

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.

Human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.

It is better to be alone than in bad company.

Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great Pillars of human happiness -- these firmest props of the duties of Men and citizens.

The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the republican model of government, are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American People.

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.

To please everybody is impossible; were I to undertake it, I should probably please nobody.

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

Whenever one person is found adequate to the discharge of a duty by close application thereto, it is worse executed by two persons and scarcely done at all if three or more are employed therein.

Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.

The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions, and not our circumstances.
-- Martha