George WashingtonGeorge Washington, (1732-1799) Founding Father, 1st US President, 'Father of the Country'

George Washington Quote

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

George WashingtonGeorge Washington
~ George Washington

First Inaugural Address, 1789, Ref: George Washington: A Collection, W.B. Allen, ed. (462)

Ratings and Comments

David L. Rosenthal, Hollywood

In human terms true, but only this side of Paradise.

Robert, Sarasota

Any model is good that looks after its children, its elderly and the sick, and we don't seem to be doing a good job at that.

Anonymous, Reston, VA US

Amen Robert!

Mike, Norwalk

No other government on earth is so founded on the individual being the absoulte sovereign as was the United States. The further the family declines or is deteriorated and attacked by government, while making the government the sole establishment of religion and care giver, the further away from those principles that made America great liberty gets.

E Archer, NYC

More true than Americans realize. Americans will make or break real Liberty -- either we will go forward or backward -- either way, the world has always looked to America as the example of a free nation. Let us live up to the responsibility.

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me again    6/2/06

The success or failure of this once blessed Republic lies in the hands of THE PEOPLE.

Neal, Yuba City

Along with liberty comes the responsibility of defending it. Patrick Henry said "Give me liberty or give me death." How many people today are willing to stand behind words like those? True liberty also presumes that you will take responsibility for your own actions and not rely upon government to assist you in any way. Charity is great, but government mandated charity is oppression, and that is what we have today. Not only have we lost our self reliance, we have lost our firm conviction that our liberties come from God and that if we are unwilling to stand firm and live according to His teachings, we will suffer the consequence of losing those liberties to any who would infringe upon them.

Mike, Norwalk

Editor, thank you, great quotes today and thank you for all your efforts over the years.

Neal, thank you, said well - ABSOLUTELY ! ! !

It is very VERY sad that, the experiment is dead. With the advent of the occupying statist theocracy's police state, complete with compelled compliance, license, victimless crimes, larceny with impunity (life / income / property taxes, funny money, etc.) and denial of inalienable rights, the once land of the free and home of the brave is no different than the most despotic banana republics out there. The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty will persist uniquely in the hearts of but only a few.

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anonymous    2/17/14

At this point the experiment has failed miserably.

Human nature has won out - again.

jim k, austin tx

George Washington was a true statesman. 97 percent of the hacks inside the beltway couldn't even carry his lunch pail. Would that we could see the likes of him today.

watchman13, USA

It is a daunting task laid before the man, that would seek the Face of God. Through honesty and humility do we walk before this tree, our Tree of Liberty. Mercy and Truth go before the face of God. The experiment of, this ministration of liberty and freedom, do continue there course, and do prosper in that which it is sent. We have received a measure which is able to reach even to us. So fulfilling the goal. There are two things that can be done with the Truth, one win souls, two start wars. Washington's was to start a war. You really would not want the Job ! But in doing so, against his will, a dispensing of the measure was given. Let another man praise the, and not thy own lips. The result of doing his job. What do you people think should be done, what prayer to be said, what action should be taken with our liberty and freedom. Bogging down the courts won't do it, passing out affidavits of Revocation and Rescission won't work. One must unite, not separate, unless it be of the states. Our nation has fragmented itself already. Only holdouts of understanding among the states, where the core abides. If Liberty and freedom and the doctrines thereof are not taught from the pulpit, which is at the heart of the family unit, then smoke from the hill is all it is ! Very religolistic standing we have in this country. Spirit and Law combined for one purpose under God. To bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and declare our Liberty and Freedom for all to see. One can not save the country, but perhaps one can unite the true believers and all the sparks they kindle. There again not enough stars for the quote. Thank you Liberty quotes !!

watchman13, USA

David, where do you think paradise is at ? Can you show me ?
Can you tell me who was carried up into paradise ? What did he hear while he was there ? What rule does he possess ?How long is it ? What is his name ? Why did he suffer so much and count all but lose for this insightful knowledge of liberty and freedom ? A short while it has been sense its conception, accomplishing the task of giving men the heart to take a stand with honesty and humility and cry for their children, from the top of this Tree. If one had not, the Rock to stand on, you could never reach the limb. Outside the temple there is a Great Tree by the river, and under that tree is a Great Stone. It does give testimony of all it hears ! Five more stars for the quote.

watchman13, USA

Well said Archer ! Five more for all those stedfast not doubting. Neal it perpetuates itself in smaller communities as we speak. This Light of Sacred Fire. Holy ! worthy of veneration.

Patrick Henry, Red Hill

The viability of the Constitution and the durability of the American Experiment have ever been, and will ever remain, predicated upon the Virtue of We The People.

tim, big bear city, ca

this was a wonderful book . It should be taught in our schools today. may be the younger students would know the true history.


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