George Washington quotes on leadership

george washington_flickr_immugmaniaIn honor of his birthday, enjoy a few quotes from George Washington on 




learning and

leaving a legacy…


“Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.”

“It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.”

“Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.

“Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience.”

“Make sure you are doing what God wants you to do–then do it with all your strength.

“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 appellation.” Letter to Bushrod Washington (January 15, 1783).

“99% of failures come from people who make excuses.”

“Happiness depends more upon the internal frame of a person’s own mind, than on the externals in the world.”

What some others have said of George Washington:

More than all, and above all, Washington was master of himself.  Charles Francis Adams, Sr., as quoted in Washington’s Birthday: Its History, Observance, Spirit, and Significance as Related in Prose and Verse (1918) by Robert Haven Schauffler, p. 143.

Washington wasn’t born good. Only practice and habit made him so. William Bennet, in Our Sacred Honor (1997).

Washington had no smashing, stunning victories. He was not a military genius, and his tactical and strategic maneuvers were not the sort that awed men. Military glory was not the source of his reputation. Something else was involved. Washington’s genius, his greatness, lay in his character. Don Higginbotham in George Washington Reconsidered (2001), p. 313.

What would you write to George Washington on his birthday card?

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