Monday, April 11, 2011

Washington's grounds

Washington's back porch
I can truly say I had rather be at Mount Vernon with a friend or two about me, than to be attended at the Seat of Government by the Officers of State and the Representatives of every Power in Europe.
-George Washington, letter to David Stuart, June 15, 1790
Mt Vernon
Remember that it is the actions, and not the commission, that make the officer, and that there is more expected from him, than the title.
-George Washington, Address to the Officers of the Virginia Regiment, Jan. 8, 1756
spring lamb
Rise early, that by habit it may become familiar, agreeable, healthy, and profitable. It may, for a while, be irksome to do this, but that will wear off; and the practice will produce a rich harvest forever thereafter; whether in public or private walks of life.
-George Washington, letter to George Washington Parke Custis, Jan. 7, 1798
Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.
-George Washington, attributed, Frank J. Wilstach's A Dictionary of Similes
Mt. Vernon
If to please the people, we offer what we ourselves disapprove, how can we afterwards defend our work? Let us raise a standard to which the wise and the honest can repair. The event is in the hand of God.
-George Washington, remarks at the first Continental Congress, May 14, 1787
through leaded glass
The determinations of Providence are always wise, often inscrutable; and, though its decrees appear to bear hard upon us at times, is nevertheless meant for gracious purposes.
-George Washington, letter to Bryan Fairfax, March 1, 1778

1 comment:

  1. I love, love, love Mount Vernon. I am so happy that you had the opportunity to experience in the Spring. It is absolutely lovely and one of the most peaceful places I can think of in the DC area.


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