That Other President

Portrait of George WashingtonI was listening to Scott Simon on NPR on Saturday, and he had an amazing little segment in which he reflected on George Washington. It was really well-written, and he said some pretty profound things about him, especially how he kind of pales in comparison to Lincoln in the American imagination. Although I love Lincoln (probably my favorite president), this little piece impacted me quite a bit.

Listen to it here!

Thus inspired, I’ve collected a few quotes:

Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.

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

Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.

True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity, before it is entitled to the appellation.

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