George Washington’s Farewell Address Quotes

The unity of government which constitutes you one people is also now dear to you. It is justly so, for it is a main pillow of your independence. – George Washington farewell address

The very idea of the power and right of the people to establish government presupposes the duty of every individual to obey the established government. – George Washington farewell address

Promote then, as an object of primary importance, institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge. – George Washington farewell address

Observe good faith and justice towards all nations; cultivate peace and harmony with all. – George Washington farewell address

In discharge of this trust, I will only say that I have, with good intentions, contributed towards the organization and administration of the government the best exertions of which a very fallible judgment was capable. – George Washington farewell address

The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. – George Washington farewell address

The name of American, which belongs to you in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of patriotism more than any appellation derived from local discriminations. – George Washington farewell address

Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism. – George Washington farewell address

I anticipate with pleasing expectation that retreat in which I promise myself to realize, without alloy, the sweet enjoyment of partaking, in the midst of my fellow-citizens, the benign influence of good laws under a free government. – George Washington farewell address

Religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. – George Washington farewell address

The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people. – George Washington farewell address

The impressions with which I first undertook the arduous trust were explained on the proper occasion. In entering on the duties of the office to which I have been called, I have not been unmindful of the difficulties incident to the transition from a state of war to a state of peace. – George Washington farewell address

Though in reviewing the incidents of my administration, I am unconscious of intentional error, I am nevertheless too sensible of my defects not to think it probable that I may have committed many errors. – George Washington farewell address

To the efficacy and permanency of your Union, a government for the whole is indispensable. – George Washington farewell address

The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their Constitutions of Government. – George Washington farewell address

Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence (I conjure you to believe me, fellow-citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake, since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government. – George Washington farewell address

Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. – George Washington farewell address

There is an opinion that parties in free countries are useful checks upon the administration of the government and serve to keep alive the spirit of liberty. – George Washington farewell address

In offering to you, my countrymen, these counsels of an old and affectionate friend, I dare not hope they will make the strong and lasting impression I could wish; that they will control the usual current of the passions, or prevent our nation from running the course which has hitherto marked the destiny of nations. – George Washington farewell address

Let me now take a more comprehensive view and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally. – George Washington farewell address

Every step by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency. – George Washington farewell address

It serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. – George Washington farewell address

I have already intimated to you the danger of parties in the State, with particular reference to the founding of them on geographical discriminations. – George Washington farewell address

The immediate object should be to preserve them in full vigor. – George Washington farewell address

Citizens by birth or choice of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. – George Washington farewell address

These will be offered to you with the more freedom, as you can only see in them the disinterested warnings of a parting friend, who can possibly have no personal motive to bias his counsel. – George Washington farewell address

Liberty itself will find in such a government, with powers properly distributed and adjusted, its surest guardian. – George Washington farewell address

To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace. – George Washington farewell address

The spirit of encroachment tends to consolidate the powers of all the departments in one. – George Washington farewell address

With slight shades of difference, you have the same religion, manners, habits, and political principles. – George Washington farewell address

Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. – George Washington farewell address

In offering to you, my countrymen, these counsels of an old and affectionate friend, I dare not hope they will make the strong and lasting impression I could wish; that they will control the usual current of the passions, or prevent our nation from running the course which has hitherto marked the destiny of nations. – George Washington farewell address

Let me now take a more comprehensive view and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally. – George Washington farewell address

It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. – George Washington farewell address

The spirit of encroachment tends to consolidate the powers of all the departments in one, and thus to create, whatever the form of government, a real despotism. – George Washington farewell address

Honour, justice, and humanity, forbid us tamely to surrender that freedom which we received from our gallant ancestors, and which our innocent posterity have a right to receive from us. – George Washington farewell address

Citizens, by birth or choice, of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. – George Washington farewell address

The unity of government which constitutes you one people is also now dear to you. – George Washington farewell address

The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their Constitutions of Government. – George Washington farewell address

To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue…and generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best. – George Washington farewell address

The great rule of conduct for us, in regard to foreign nations, is in extending our commercial relations to have with them as little political connection as possible. – George Washington farewell address 42. In the disposition of these duties, respecting foreign nations, there are considerations of great magnitude. – George Washington farewell address 43. The period for a new election of a citizen to administer the executive government of the United States being not far distant, and the time actually arrived when your thoughts must be employed in designating the person who is to be clothed with that important trust, it appears to me proper, especially as it may conduce to a more distinct expression of the public voice. – George Washington farewell address 44. It is important, likewise, that the habits of thinking, in a free country, should inspire caution, in those entrusted with its administration, to confine themselves within their respective constitutional spheres, avoiding, in the exercise of the powers of one department, to encroach upon another. – George Washington farewell address 45. In all the changes to which you may be invited remember that time and habit are at least as necessary to fix the true character of governments as of other human institutions; that experience is the surest standard by which to test the real tendency of the existing constitution of a country. – George Washington farewell address

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