» Add Quotes to Your Site - Quote Generatoradd quote of the day, random quotes or by topic (e.g. funny quotes) Quote DB :: Authors :: George Washington :: View Quote View Quote "The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments." - Copy to Clipboard -- George Washington Listed in: Government Add Quote To Your Quote List Rating: 4.14 Rate Quote 7 votes submitted Your Name: Friend's Email: Top 5 quotes from George Washington "Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness." "Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for 'tis better to be alone than in bad company." "Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master." "The Nation which indulges toward another an habitual hatred or an habitual fondness is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to its animosity or to its affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its interest." "As Mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality." Top 5 quotes from Government "When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right." "The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry." "Now more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness and corruption." "The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government -- lest it come to dominate our lives and interests." "There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters."