George Washington
A man looks up at a painting of the first U.S. President George Washington at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington Sept. 30, 2013. Today is the first president's birthday. Reuters

George Washington was born on this day in 1732 in Westmoreland County, Virginia. He became the first president of the United States. He served from 1789 to 1797. He was also a general and commander-in-chief of the colonial armies during the American Revolution. He has been the only U.S president in American History to be elected unanimously.

Here is a list of 20 memorable quotes by the first president himself to commemorate his birthday.

1. “Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.”

2. “My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.”

3. “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”

4. “Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is a force. Like a fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”

5. “The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference-they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good.”

6. “Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.”

7. “The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves.”

8. “ The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.”

9. “Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.”

10. “Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism”

11. “It is better to be alone than in bad company.”

12. “The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.”

13. “Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.”

14. “Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair; the rest is in the hands of God.”

15. “To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.”

16. “Observe good faith and justice and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.”

17. “Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone, and let your hand give in proportion to your purse.”

18. “It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.”

19. “Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.”

20. “My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from earth.”

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