7 Inspiring Quotes from George Washington
True Character is an Invaluable Treasure to Be Cherished
by Veritas Vita 777
George Washington was born on February 22, 1732, and he died on December 14, 1799. He was an American military officer, statesmen, and one of the Founding Fathers who served as the first President of the United States. Washington has “been called the ‘Father of his Country’ for his manifold leadership in the formative days of the country.”
One key point that came across in the majority of quotes that I read from George Washington is that true character is an invaluable treasure to be cherished. I hope the following quotes from Washington will inspire you as they’ve inspired me.
1. Surround Yourself with Good People
“It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company.” – George Washington
I have found this to be true. I’ve been friends with some people who brought me down to their level. I lost my way and went along with the crowd. Thankfully, I’ve since learned that there is great benefit from surrounding yourself with good people. They can hold you accountable and be a good encouragement to you in this life journey as you continue to grow and become more mature.
2. The Truth Will Come Out
“Truth will ultimately prevail where there are pains to bring it to light.” – George Washington
There is a war on truth in our society today. However, I agree with Washington that the truth will prevail – ultimately – when people stand up and voice the truth. At times, there will be a cost for telling the truth. Yet, the reward is always greater than the pains when you finally tell the truth.
3. Cultivate a Strong Inner Circle
“Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.” – George Washington
I can relate to this quote. I have many acquaintances, but only a few true friends. And I’m okay with that. I have confidence that those in my inner circle truly have my back and I have theirs. I agree with Washington that you should be courteous to all, but intimate with a few.
4. Discipline Should Be Highly Valued
“Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all.” – George Washington
I have learned to value discipline. I didn’t always like discipline as a child. Really, what child does like it?! I didn’t always value the discipline of God in my life either. However, I now know that it should be highly valued in my life. Constructive criticism is a good thing. Learning to discipline your body, soul, and spirit will take you to new levels in your life.
5. Morality Can Enhance Your Life
“Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.” – George Washington
Decency, ethics, honesty, virtue, and integrity are just some words to describe morality. You may not think happiness and moral duty are connected. However, I agree with Washington, that they are inseparably connected. When I have been dishonest with myself and God, for example, I have felt adrift and unhappy. Once I was honest again, I found my center with myself and God.
6. Integrity is Sorely Lacking Today
“I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.” – George Washington
Our world today is sorely lacking integrity. Many people are out for their own gain and could care less about their fellow humans. I agree with Washington’s sentiments here. I want to possess firmness and virtue so that I can maintain good character or integrity in my life.
7. Learn from the Past, Don’t Dwell There
“We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience.” – George Washington
In my younger years, I dwelt in the past a lot. I overanalyzed everything. I second-guessed myself often. I lived as a victim of my circumstances for a long time. Once God got a hold of my life, I understood the importance of learning from my past and not getting stuck there. Learning from my past became a catalyst for future self-growth.
I hope these quotes from George Washington have inspired you today. Are there any other quotes from George Washington that have resonated with you in the past?
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