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Presidents Day

The country celebrates George Washington’s birthday today to honor him for his selflessness and because without him, we probably wouldn’t have the Constitution or, a United States of America.

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“Of all the animosities which have existed among mankind, those which are caused by a difference of sentiments in religion appear to be the most inveterate and distressing, and ought most to be deprecated.”

Letter to Sir Edward Newenham, Oct. 20, 1792

“A man’s intentions should be allowed in some respects to plead for his actions.”

Letter to the Speaker of the House of Burgesses, Dec. 1756

“I shall make it the most agreeable part of my duty to study merit, and reward the brave and deserving.”

Address to the Officers of the Virginia Regiment, Jan. 8, 1756

“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, Jan. 15, 1783

“Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains taken to bring it to light.”

Letter to Charles M. Thruston, Aug. 10, 1794

“A people… who are possessed of the spirit of commerce, who see and who will pursue their advantages may achieve almost anything.”

Letter to Benjamin Harrison

“I have diligently sought the public welfare; and have endeavoured to inculcate the same principles in all that are under me. These reflections will be a cordial to my mind as long as I am able to distinguish between Good & Evil.”

Letter to the Speaker of the House of Burgesses, Dec. 1756

“It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliance with any portion of the foreign world.”

Farewell Address to the People of the United States

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