Friday, October 31st, 2008 | Author:

[This post is part of the Favorite Founders' Quote Friday sponsored by Meet the Founding Fathers. Go to the site to see who else has participated today.]

I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an Honest Man.

Was he the last President to think like this?

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  1. Hercules Mulligan says:

    I smile every time I read this. I mean, it’s a great quote! But of all the people to say it — George Washington! He has historically been the American paragon of virtue up to this point, and yet he did not see himself that way!

    Why? Because he knew that there was nothing special inherent in himself. He didn’t seek virtue in himself (which is just what our humanist culture tells us to do), but he got his virtue from God. Because he chose to be humble, he was blessed.

    “Was he the last President to think like this?”

    Well, he was our first, and we’ve had some good Presidents. But I’d say he was one of comparatively few. Unfortunately.

    This is a great quote. Happy FFQF!

  2. Mrs Mecomber says:

    GREAT quote! I have always upheld Washington as the presidential paragon of virtue. What a great man. Good quote to end this month’s theme.