507) Wisdom from George Washington (1732-1799)

No man has a more perfect reliance on the all-wise and powerful dispensations of the Supreme Being than I have, nor thinks his aid more necessary…  The man must be bad indeed who can look upon the events of the American Revolution without feeling the warmest gratitude towards the great Author of the Universe whose divine interposition was so frequently manifested in our behalf.

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It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.

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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.

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The propitious smiles of heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained.  

–Inaugural address 1789

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We have, as you very justly observe, abundant reason to thank Providence for its many favorable interpositions in our behalf.  It has at times been my only dependence, for all other resources seemed to have failed us.  

–Letter to William Gordon, March, 1781

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Human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.

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Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.

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Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion.

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Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.

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The harder the conflict, the greater the triumph.

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To persevere in one’s duty and be silent is the best answer to calumny (slander).

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Ezekiel 12:1-2  —  The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, you are living among a rebellious people.  They have eyes to see but do not see and ears to hear but do not hear, for they are a rebellious people.”

2 Chronicles 7:14  —  If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

1 Timothy 2:1-3  —  I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people– for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.  This is good, and pleases God our Savior…

Psalm 33:12a  —  Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord…

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O Lord, whose glory is in all the world:  We commend this nation to your merciful care, that being guided by your Providence, we may dwell secure in your peace.  Grant to the President of the United States, the Governor of this state, and to all in authority, wisdom and strength to know and to do your will.  Fill them with the love of truth and righteousness, and make them ever mindful of their calling to serve this people in the fear of God.  Amen.

Book of Common Prayer