Being one of the fathers of the United States, he reflected his vision of life in several reflections.
The United States of America proclaimed its independence from the English in 1776. One of the main figures who promoted this independence was George Washington.
Washington is among the so-called founding fathers and commander-in-chief of the revolutionary army during the Revolutionary War, he would become the first president of the United States. Throughout his life and his tenure, he made interesting reflections on numerous topics such as freedom and politics.
In this article we will see some of the best phrases of George Washington that reflect these reflections.
A selection of phrases by George Washington
Below you can find a series of phrases by George Washington referring to various topics.
1. Work to keep alive in your chest that little spark of celestial fire, the conscience
Through this phrase the need to act based on our conscience is expressed.
2. Persevering in the line of duty and keeping silent is the best response to slander.
Answering the probations of others does not get us anywhere, in addition to the fact that whoever attacks is usually exposed in the same process.
3. Being prepared for war is one of the most effective means of keeping the peace
Being prudent and preparing for the worst possible scenarios can help us avoid them.
4. I hope that I will always have sufficient strength and virtue to preserve what I consider to be the most enviable of all titles: the character of an honest man
It is said that power can corrupt people, honesty being one of the virtues that allow being consistent with oneself and with the world.
5. Religion and morality are essential pillars of civil society
Beliefs and values are a very important part of our being and are part of the organization of society.
6. Government is not a reason, nor is it eloquence, it is force. He operates like fire, he is a dangerous servant and a fearsome master; at no time should irresponsible hands be allowed to control it
Who has the power and how they use it can have different effects in the lives of each one of us. It is necessary that whoever holds it is someone capable and responsible.
7. Freedom, when it begins to take root, is a fast growing plant
Sometimes it is difficult for us to overcome our own and others’ impositions and act freely, but when the idea of doing it begins to be raised it expands rapidly and tends to generate an increasingly marked action to achieve it.
8. There is no distance that can keep lovers apart for long.
When we love someone, we are able to overcome distance and possible obstacles in order to be with that person.
9. Discipline is the lifeblood of the army. Makes a small group formidable, gives strength to the weak, and raises everyone’s self-esteem
Being able to maintain discipline allows us to successfully direct ourselves, learn to obey orders, recognize our potential and overcome our supposed limits.
10. Be courteous to everyone, but few intimate and take care who you trust
While we must accept and be kind to our fellow citizens, this phrase tells us that trust is something that must be earned and deserved.
11. If this nation hopes to be ignorant and free, it never will be
Freedom comes from the hand of knowledge, which makes us able to go beyond what already exists and adapt different visions of reality.
12. Example, good or bad, has a powerful influence
In both good and bad, the actions they carry out and their consequences influence us, learning a way of acting and allowing us to replicate or avoid it.
13. To err is natural, but to rectify the error is the glory
The error is not something criminalizable but something positive that allows us to learn. After observing it, we are able to repair said error by rectifying it, or avoid re-producing it in the future.
14. When we assume to be soldiers, we do not stop being citizens
All people who are part of a society do not leave only a part of it regardless of their role.
15. Anything will give us its secrets if we love it enough
The love towards something or towards someone allows us to observe their qualities and secrets, in many cases allowing the loved one to obtain information from it or by providing it directly.
16. True friendship is a slow-growing plant and must experience and resist adversity before it is entitled to such a name.
True friendship involves loyalty and being by that person’s side for both good and bad.
17. It is infinitely better to have a few good men than many indifferent
In most things it is preferable to have quality over quantity, including in this case the company of other people or their degree of capacity for a certain function.
18. When a people has become incapable of governing itself and is in a position to submit to a master, it matters little where it comes from.
This phrase tells us about conformity and the ability to be dominated.
19. I hate nothing more than ingratitude
When someone does something for us, at the very least we should be able to acknowledge and appreciate that something and not be ungrateful.
20. My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever knew. Everything I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all the successes in this life to the moral, intellectual and physical formation that I received from it
We must not forget our roots or those who have raised us and helped us develop, because largely thanks to them we are where we are.
21. Associate yourself with quality men if you estimate your own reputation, as it is better to be alone than in bad company
This phrase pushes us to bond with those people who show us their esteem and worth, avoiding those who do not like us well.
22. In England, freedom is seen as a kind of idol. The people are taught to love her and believe in her, but see very little of her results. The town can move freely, but within high walls
Sometimes we believe we are free when in reality we are only allowed to act within certain limits, despite the contrary.
23. The basis of our political system is the right of the people to make and modify their constitutions of Government.
Power is in the hands of the people, which confers power on the government and the bodies that direct it, as well as the creation and application of laws.
24. Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected
Both concepts are linked, since complying with what we believe is correct induces feelings of pride and happiness.
25. Do not look back unless it is to learn useful lessons from past mistakes and to take advantage of the costly experience
We must continue to progress without stopping. The past is useful in order to avoid repeating mistakes and learn from it, but it should not prevent us from moving forward.
26. If they take away our freedom of expression then, stupid and silenced, they can lead us like sheep to the slaughterhouse.
Being able to express yourself is necessary, otherwise we will be subjected to the actions of those who prevent it.
27. Few men have virtue to resist the highest bidder
It’s easy to believe yourself virtuous, but when it comes down to it, it can be difficult to be.
28. Knowing something about human nature will convince us that for the vast majority of humanity self-interest is the dominant principle, and that almost every man is more or less under its influence. Few men are willing to continually sacrifice, for the benefit of all, their personal convenience or advantage. It is useless to cry out against the depravity of human nature because of this; It is a fact, the experience of every age and nation has proved it, and we have to change the constitution of man greatly before we can change such a situation.
A large part of people is governed by their own interest, ignoring the needs of others if this is a nuisance or harm. Washington proposes the need to change ourselves in order to be able to seek the common good.
29. When you speak of God or his attributes, do so with all seriousness and reverence
George Washington was deeply religious, but even when he was not, it is necessary to respect the beliefs of others, whether they are shared or not.
30. Dying is hard, but I’m not afraid to leave. It’s okay
According to his secretary, who was assisting him in his last moments with other friends, these were Washington’s last words.
31. Promoting literature and the arts is a duty that every good citizen owes to his country.
Art is an indispensable part of the culture of a society, its promotion being something desirable and of great importance.
32. True men despise battle, but never flee from it
We must be able to fight for what we want even though fighting for it may not please us. In this case it refers to the war conflict.
33. The harder the conflict, the greater the triumph
The things that are most difficult for us to achieve suppose a feeling of triumph once they are achieved.
34. Let your heart feel for the afflictions and anguishes of all
We must be able to empathize and put ourselves in the shoes of others. Feeling is not a weakness but a strength.
35. Perseverance and spirit have done wonders at all times
Great achievements have always been achieved through effort and courage to fight and persist.
36. The experience gained does not reduce the reasons I have to mistrust myself, and the weight of my years growing more and more these same warn me incessantly that the shadow of retirement must be both necessary and pleasant.
Having experience does not imply being absolutely right or not doubting your own ability.
37. Do not be happy in the misfortune of another, even though he may be your enemy
Congratulating yourself with the suffering of others, even if they are enemies, is an act of selfishness and cruelty.
38. In the end the truth will prevail where there is pain to bring it to light
For the truth to prevail, there must be an effort to make it visible.
39. Precedents are dangerous things: they let the reins of government rest and hold with a firm hand.
Relying only on the precedents causes us to repeat the mistakes of the past and we cannot learn from it to improve.
40. My first wish is to see this plague of humanity, war, banished from the earth
Even if there is conflict at times, we must only wish to be able to improve the world and end hatred and war.