South Dakota, Mount Rushmore National Monument in Black Hills Virginia. George Washington's home on Mount Vernon, built in 1743 Mount Vernon, located near Alexandria, Virginia, was the plantation home of George Washington, the first President of the United States. The mansion is built of wood in neoclassical Georgian architectural style and is located along the Potomac River.
"Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company. George Washington I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man. True friendship is a plant of slow growth and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation. If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter. If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War. It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one. It may be laid down as a primary position, and the basis of our system, that every Citizen who enjoys the protection of a Free Government, owes not only a proportion of his property, but even of his personal services to the defense of it. Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone, and let your hand give in proportion to your purse. Mankind, when left to themselves, are unfit for their own government. My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth. My observation is that whenever one person is found adequate to the discharge of a duty... it is worse executed by two persons, and scarcely done at all if three or more are employed therein. Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty. Some day, following the example of the United States of America, there will be a United States of Europe. The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon. The constitution vests the power of declaring war in Congress; therefore no offensive expedition of importance can be undertaken until after they shall have deliberated upon the subject and authorized such a measure. To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace. I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man. " George Washington
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