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American general, commander-in-chief of the colonial armies in the American Revolution and subsequently the first President of the United States. He is known as the father of his country.
(1732 - 1799)

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A reputation once broken may possibly be repaired, but the world will always keep their eyes on the spot where the crack was.
[Reputation]
 

A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man, that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of his friends, and that the most liberal professions of good will are very far from being the surest marks of it.
 

Actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends.
[Friendship]
 

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.
 

Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.
[Tyranny]
 

As Mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality.
 

Associate with men of good quality, if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.
[Friendship]
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Bad seed is a robbery of the worst kind: for your pocket-book not only suffers by it, but your preparations are lost and a season passes away unimproved.
 

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 growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.
[Confidence]
 

But lest some unlucky event should happen unfavorable to my reputation, I beg it may be remembered by every gentleman in the room that I this day declare with the utmost sincerity, I do not think myself equal to the command I am honored with.
 

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

Every post is honorable in which a man can serve his country.
 

Example, whether it be good or bad, has a powerful influence.
 

Experience teaches us that it is much easier to prevent an enemy from posting themselves than it is to dislodge them after they have got possession.
 

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.
[Bribery]
 

Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth.
 

Friendship is a plant of slow growth and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.
[Friendship]
 

From thinking proceeds speaking; thence to acting is often but a single step. But how irrevocable and tremendous!
 

Gambling is the child of avarice, the brother of iniquity, and the father of mischief.
[Gambling]
 

Gentlemen, you will permit me to put on my spectacles, for, I have grown not only gray, but almost blind in the service of my country.
 


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