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First Principles: We Have Therefore To Resolve To Conquer or Die… Let Us Therefore Rely Upon the Goodness of the Cause, and the Aid of the Supreme Being, In Whose Hands Victory Is

“We have therefore to resolve to conquer or die. … Let us therefore rely upon the goodness of the Cause, and the aid of the supreme Being, in whose hands Victory is, to animate and encourage us to great and … Continue reading

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First Principles: Tis Folly In One Nation To Look For Disinterested Favors From Another

“Tis folly in one Nation to look for disinterested favors from another; that it must pay with a portion of its Independence for whatever it may accept under that character; that by such acceptance, it may place itself in the … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Army…Is A Dangerous Instrument To Play With

“The Army … is a dangerous instrument to play with.” -George Washington (1783)

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First Principles: The Foundations of Our National Policy Will Be Laid In the Pure and Immutable Principles of Private Morality

“The foundations of our national policy will be laid in the pure and immutable principles of private morality, and the preeminence of free government be exemplified by all the attributes which can win the affections of its citizens, and command … Continue reading

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First Principles: No Pecuniary Consideration Is More Urgent, Than the Regular Redemption and Discharge of the Public Debt; On None Can Delay Be More Injurious

“No pecuniary consideration is more urgent, than the regular redemption and discharge of the public debt: on none can delay be more injurious, or an economy of time more valuable.” – George Washington, Message to the House of Representatives, 1793

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First Principles: There Is But One Straight Course, and That Is To Seek the Truth and Pursue It Steadily

“There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily.” – George Washington (1795)

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First Principles: There Is But One Straight Course, and That Is To Seek Truth and Pursue It Steadily

“There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily.” – George Washington (1795)

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First Principles: It Is the Duty of All Nations To Acknowledge the Providence of Almighty God, To Obey His Will, To Be Grateful For His Benefits, and Humbly To Implore His Protection and Favors

“It is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favors.” – George Washington, Thanksgiving Proclamation, 1789

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First Principles: The Spirit of Encroachment Tends to Consolidate the Powers of All the Departments In One, and Thus to Create…A Real Despotism

“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 (1796)

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First Principles: Honesty Will Be Found On Every Experiment, To Be the Best and Only True Policy; Let Us Then As A Nation Be Just

“Honesty will be found on every experiment, to be the best and only true policy; let us then as a Nation be just.” – George Washington (1783)

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