"While we are zealously performing
the duties of good citizens and
soldiers, we certainly ought not to
be inattentive to the higher duties of
religion. To the distinguished
character of Patriot, it should be our
highest glory to add the more
distinguished character of
--The Writings of Washington, pp.
"Few men have virtue to
withstand the highest bidder."
The propitious smiles of heaven
can never be expected on a nation
that disregard the eternal rules of
order and right which Heaven
itself has ordained."
Inaugural address 1789
"It would be peculiarly improper to omit
in this first official act, my fervent
supplications to that Almighty Being who
rules over the universe - who presides
in the council of nations - and whose
providential aids can supply every
human defect, that his benediction may
consecrate to the liberties and happiness
of the people of the United States."