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George Washington on National Debt

“As a very important source of strength and security, cherish public credit. One method of preserving it is, to use it as sparingly as possible; avoiding occasions of expense by cultivating peace, but remembering also that timely disbursements to prepare for danger frequently prevent much greater disbursements to repel it; avoiding likewise the accumulation of debt, not only by shunning occasions of expense, but by vigorous exertions in time of peace to discharge the debts, which unavoidable wars may have occasioned, not ungenerously throwing upon posterity the burthen, which we ourselves ought to bear.”

— George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796

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February 16, 2009 · 12:15 pm

George Washington on Honesty

“I hold the maxim no less applicable to public than to private affairs that honesty is always the best policy.”

— George Washington, Farewell Address, 19 September 1796

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June 28, 2007 · 2:31 pm

George Washington on the Union

“Your Union ought to be considered as a main prop of your liberty, and that the love of the one ought to endear to you the preservation of the other.”

— George Washington, Farewell Address, 19 September 1796

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June 27, 2007 · 6:16 pm