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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

George Washington 1732-1799 John Bartlett

    Labour to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire,—conscience.
          Rule from the Copy-book of Washington when a schoolboy.
    To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace. 1
          Speech to both Houses of Congress, Jan. 8, 1790.
    ’T is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world.
          His Farewell Address.
Note 1.
Qui desiderat pacem præparet bellum (Who would desire peace should be prepared for war).—Vegetius: Rei Militari 3, Prolog.

In pace, ut sapiens, aptarit idonea bello (In peace, as a wise man, he should make suitable preparation for war.—Horace: Book ii. satire ii.

See Also:
George Washington: First Inaugural Address
George Washington: Second Inaugural Address [back]