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Monday, July 2, 2012

Independence Day

To celebrate the Fourth of July (Independence Day)*, I thought I’d share some wisdom from the 1st President of the United States: George Washington.
Known as "the father of his country" for his crucial role in fighting for and leading the United States of America in its earliest days, Washington is remembered as a man of high moral character and a shining example of honesty and civility. (Click Here for a free copy of Washington’s 110 Rules of Civility).

Here are some quotes from George Washington that are still relevant over 200 years later:

“It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.”
“Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.”
“Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.”
“Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.”
“The harder the conflict, the greater the triumph.”
“A sensible woman can never be happy with a fool.”
“Real men despise battle, but will never run from it.”
“I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.”

“I shall not be deprived ... of a comfort in the worst event, if I retain a consciousness of having acted to the best of my judgment.”
“Perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages.”
“99% of failures come from people who make excuses.”
“Experience teaches us that it is much easier to prevent an enemy from posting themselves than it is to dislodge them after they have got possession.”
“Happiness depends more upon the internal frame of a person’s own mind, than on the externals in the world.”
“Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.”

äIf you want to learn more about George Washington, let me recommend the following books:
George Washington: The Indispensable Man by James T. Flexner
His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis
1776by David McCullough

äClick Here for a free copy (no registration opt-in) of George Washington’s 110 Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior In Company and Conversation

*Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.

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