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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
 
Washington
 
  Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.  1
  Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.  2
  Labour to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire—conscience.  3
  Lenity will operate with greater force, in some instances, than rigour. It is, therefore, my first wish to have my whole conduct distinguished by it.  4
  Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.  5
  Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.  6
  Religion is as necessary to reason as reason to religion.  7
  To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.  8
  To persevere in one’s duty and to be silent is the best answer to calumny.  9
  True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.  10
 
 
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