Washington’s Wisdom

In honor of President’s Day, here is a sampling of quotes from our First President. HT May God grant us a leader with great wisdom.

On ingratitude:

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 Dinwiddie, May 29, 1754

On leadership:

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, Jan. 8, 1756

On Providential protection:

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, Jul. 18, 1755

On virtue:

Few men have virtue enough to withstand the highest bidder.

Letter, Aug. 17, 1779

On submission to God’s will:

The ways of Providence being inscrutable, and the justice of it not to be scanned by the shallow eye of humanity, nor to be counteracted by the utmost efforts of human power or wisdom, resignation, and as far as the strength of our reason and religion can carry us, a cheerful acquiescence to the Divine Will, is what we are to aim.

Letter to Colonel Bassett, Apr. 25, 1773

Happy President’s Day!

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