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George Washington
(1732-1799) born on
Feb 22
US president (1st), soldier, surveyor, farmer. He was Commander of the Continental forces; as U.S. president he shaped the office and warned against party politics.
I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandman's cares.

Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation. It is better be alone than in bad company.
Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.
Lenience will operate with greater force, in some instances than rigor. It is therefore my first wish to have all of my conduct distinguished by it.
Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Letter, 20 July 1794.
R: Rules of Civility."
A: Letter 3/2/1788 to James Madison
N: In <a href="http://www.cyber-nation.com/cgi-bin/victory/quotations/qlreferral/quotelib.pl?id=10115">The Ultimate Success Quotations Library</a>, 1997.
K: Letter, 15 Jan. 1783.

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