Be courteous to all, but intimate with few; and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.
Citizens by birth or choice of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections.-The name of AMERICAN, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations.
Every post is honorable in which a man can serve his country.
Example, whether it be good or bad, has a powerful influence.
Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.
Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
I am for free commerce with all nations; political connection with none; and little or no diplomatic establishment.
It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.
It is infinitely better to have a few good men than many indifferent ones.
It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world.
Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience.
Make the most of the Indian hemp seed, and sow it everywhere!
Observe good faith and justice towards all Nations; cultivate peace and harmony with all.
Of all the animosities which have existed among mankind, those which are caused by difference of sentiments in religion appear to be the most inveterate and distressing, and ought most to be deprecated.
Prosperity destroys fools and endangers the wise.
The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their Constitutions of Government. But the Constitution which at any time exists, till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole people, is sacredly obligatory upon all.
The common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.
There can be no greater error than to expect or calculate upon real favours from nation to nation.
To the efficacy and permanency of your Union, a Government for the whole is indispensable.
Undertake not what you can not perform, but be careful to keep your promises.
We have abundant reason to rejoice, that, in this land, the light of truth and reason has triumphed over the power of bigotry and superstition, and that every person may here worship God according to the dictates of his own heart.
George Washington's brother, Lawrence, was the Uncle of Our Country.