George Washington Quotes!


[1] On July 4, 1774, Washington ordered his soldiers:

  • "'The General most earnestly requires and expects the due observance of those articles of war established for the government of the army which forbid cursing, swearing, and drunkenness, 
  • and in like manner he requires and expects of all officers and soldiers, not engaged on actual duties, a punctual attendance on divine service [Church] to implore the blessing of Heaven upon the means used for safety and defence.' 


[2] On May 15, 1776, Washington ordered his soldiers:

  • "Friday, the 17th instant, to be observed as a day of Fasting, Humiliation, and Prayer, humbly to supplicate the mercy of Almighty God, that it would please him to pardon all our manifold sins and transgressions, ... 
  • and finally establish the peace and freedom of America upon a solid and lasting foundation..."


[3] On May 2, 1778, Washington ordered:

  • While we are duly performing the duty of good soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of a patriot it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of a Christian. 


[4] In June, 1783, Washington wrote in a Circular Letter to the Governors of the several States:

  • "I now make my earnest prayer that God would have you and the States over which you preside in his holy protection; that he would incline the hearts of the citizens...; that he would be most graciously pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, 
  • and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our Blessed Religion, and without an humble imitation of whose example in these things we can never hope to be a happy nation.


[5] On October 3, 1789, Washington issued the following National Day of Thanksgiving Proclamation:

  • Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor; ...
  • Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the twenty-sixth day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the Beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be;
  • that we then may all unite unto him our sincere and humble thanks for his kind care and protection of the people of this country ... And, also, that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions; ... to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue....


NOTE: There are well over 1,200 such amazing Washington Quotes!