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

False George Washington Quote

“Government is not reason, it is not eloquence. It is force, and like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”

George WashingtonGeorge Washington
~ George Washington

Falsely attributed

Ratings and Comments

Mark Pelham, Midland Tx

Beautiful Words

Robert, Sarasota

Sad but true - just have a bucket of water close by...

Joe, Rochester, MI

People today fear our tyrannical government.

Mike, Norwalk

That sums it up

E Archer, NYC

With great power comes great responsibility. May the People reclaim their sovereign authority over their servant government that has run amok.

Jack, Green, OH

I would not have agreed government was force without reason -- until now

Anonymous, Reston, VA US

Ah, but the 60s & 70s showed us the same thing... force without reason... even while some great moves were made (the moon walk, the "great society", etc), we found ourselves in a "war" that could not be won fighting it for all the wrong reasons... hum... just like so much that King George W has done to us today!

Bob D., Chicago

Whether Washington said it or not, is not the issue. It is not an opinion -- it is a DEFINITION. The difference between your tax bill and your United Way "suggested contribution" is that the government can force you to pay. btw, does anyone know WHO actually said it? Or when? How long has it been attributed to GW? Perhaps there is no primary source document, but is there proof it was NOT GW?

Gregory Gores, California

An ominous warning to those who would put their faith in government. If government is not regarded as a "necessary evil," it will surely become our Big Brother.

TerryF, Philadelphia

Who cares? If the shoe fits wear it and in this case, the shoe fits.


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