George Washington Quotes
These George Washington Quotes are listed in chronological order beginning in 1744 when he was only 12 years old. The quotes on this page cover the early part of his life up through 1774 shortly before the outbreak of the Revolutionary War. These George Washington Quotes are chosen to give you an idea of his thoughts on a wide range of topics. They come from his own letters, diary entries and writings, such as Rules of Civility, a code of conduct taught to young people in that time period, and letters to Martha Custis (his future wife), George Mason and Governor Robert Dinwiddie of Virginia. We have more George Washington Quotes after this time period and you can find the links to them at the bottom of the page.
George Washington Quotes
When you speak of God, or His attributes, let it be seriously and with reverence. Honor and obey our natural parents although they be poor." - 110 Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation, 1744
"Let your recreations be manful not sinful." - 110 Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation, 1744
"Labour to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience." - 110 Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation, 1744
Most Glorious God, in Jesus Christ, my merciful and loving Father; I acknowledge and confess my guilt in the weak and imperfect performance of the duties of this day. I have called on Thee for pardon and forgiveness of my sins, but so coldly and carelessly that my prayers are become my sin, and they stand in need of pardon. I have sinned against heaven and before Thee in thought, word, and deed. I have contemned Thy majesty and holy laws. I have likewise sinned by omitting what I ought to have done and committing what I ought not. I have rebelled against the light, despising Thy mercies and judgment, and broken my vows and promise. I have neglected the better things. My iniquities are multiplied and my sins are very great. I confess them, O Lord, with shame and sorrow, detestation and loathing and desire to be vile in my own eyes as I have rendered myself vile in Thine. I humbly beseech Thee to be merciful to me in the free pardon of my sins for the sake of Thy dear Son and only Savior Jesus Christ who came to call not the righteous, but sinners to repentance. Thou gavest Thy Son to die for me. Make me to know what is acceptable in Thy sight, and therein to delight, open the eyes of my understanding, and help me thoroughly to examine myself concerning my knowledge, faith, and repentance, increase my faith, and direct me to the true object, Jesus Christ the Way, the Truth, and the Life." - Authentic handwritten manuscript book, April 23, 1752
"Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness." - Circular to the States, May 9, 1753
"Nothing is a greater stranger to my breast, or a sin that my soul more abhors, than that black and detestable one, ingratitude." - Letter to Governor Robert Dinwiddie, May 29, 1754
"I am much concern'd, that your Honour should seem to charge me with ingratitude for your generous, and my undeserved favours; for I assure you, Hon'ble Sir, nothing is a greater stranger to my Breast, or a Sin that my Soul abhors, than that black and detestable one Ingratitude." - Letter to Governor Robert Dinwiddie, May 29, 1754
"By the all-powerful dispensations of Providence, I have been protected beyond all human probability and expectation; for I had four bullets through my coat, and two horses shot under me, yet escaped unhurt, altho' death was levelling my companions on every side." - Letter to John A. Washington, July 18, 1755
"Remember that it is the actions, and not the commission, that make the officer, and that there is more expected from him, than the title." - Address to the Officers of the Virginia Regiment, January 8, 1756
"I shall make it the most agreeable part of my duty to study merit, and reward the brave and deserving." - Address to the Officers of the Virginia Regiment, January 8, 1756
"I have always, so far as it was in my power, endeavored to discourage gaming in the camp; and always shall so long as I have the honor to preside there." - Letter to Governor Robert Dinwiddie, February 2, 1756
"A man's intentions should be allowed in some respects to plead for his actions." - Letter to the Speaker of the House of Burgesses, December, 1756
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