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1. "When George Washington was elected president, there was no national vote."
Author: Ben Nelson
2. "You think of George Washington, this man who was larger than life, and in some ways he was. But at the same time, he's just a person."
Author: Benjamin Walker
3. "They'd drink like men, like their fathers and uncles, like George fucking Washington..."
Author: Claire Vaye Watkins
4. "There was a burst of applause when George Washington entered and walked to the dais. More applause followed on the appearance of Thomas Jefferson, who had been inaugurated Vice President upstairs in the Senate earlier that morning, and "like marks of approbation" greeted John Adams, who on his entrance in the wake of the two tall Virginians seemed shorter and more bulky even than usual."
Author: David McCullough
5. "Never allow two people to do a job which one could do. George Washington observed, ‘Whenever one person is found adequate to the discharge of a duty by close application thereto, it is worse executed by two persons, and scarcely done at all if three or more are employed therein."
Author: David Ogilvy
6. "I grew up at 16 years old driving trucks across the George Washington Bridge."
Author: Don Sherwood
7. "He signed the letter: George Washington Gale Ferris."
Author: Erik Larson
8. "The Sunday School teacher talked too much in the way our grade school teacher used to when she told us about George Washington. Pleasant, pretty stories, but not true."
Author: Frances Farmer
9. "And then Franklin smote the ground and up rose George Washington, fully dressed and astride a horse! Then the three of them, Franklin, Washington and the HORSE, proceeded to win the entire revolution single handley!"
Author: Franklin
10. "It was Plutarch, you know, and nothing intrinsically American that prevented George Washington being a King..."
Author: H.G. Wells
11. "Queequeg was George Washington cannibalistically developed."
Author: Herman Melville
12. "Doing the show was like painting the George Washington Bridge. As soon as you finished one end, you started right in on the other."
Author: Jack Paar
13. "Every president since George Washington has taken executive privilege seriously. Every Republican president has."
Author: Jacob Lew
14. "...if George Washington founded the nation, John Marshall defined it."
Author: Jean Edward Smith
15. "Classing Jefferson with George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, both of whom were also reluctant to speak at length in public, Adams said, "A public speaker who inserts himself, or is urged by others into the conduct of affairs, by daily exertions to justify his measures and answer the objections of opponents, makes himself too familiar with the public, and unavoidably makes himself enemies."27"
Author: Jon Meacham
16. "John Knox's dying words were, 'Lord, grant true pastors to Thy kirk.' Such was the last prayer of a great man without whom there would have been no America, no Puritans, no Pilgrims, no Scottish covenanters, no Presbyterians, no Patrick Henry, no Samuel Adams, no George Washington. Could it have been so simple? John Knox's agenda was far from political. All he wanted were more pastors and elders. This is our agenda. Lord grant true pastors to Thy church!"
Author: Kevin Swanson
17. "Barack Obama and Michelle Obama don't go to Georgetown... The Clintons did, indeed. And the Clintons go out and about in Washington now. They go to neighborhood restaurants."
Author: Kitty Kelley
18. "George Washington and Abraham Lincoln were gay, just for starters. They didn't have a name for it, but their primary affections and intellectual attractions were all for other men."
Author: Larry Kramer
19. "I spent the last Friday of summer vacation spreading hot, sticky tar across the roof of George Washington High. My companions were Dopey, Toothless, and Joe, the brain surgeons in charge of building maintenance. At least they were getting paid. I was working forty feet above the ground, breathing in sulfur fumes from Satan's vomitorium, for free.Character building, my father said.Mandatory community service, the judge said. Court-ordered restitution for the Foul Deed. He nailed me with the bill for the damage I had done, which meant I had to sell my car and bust my hump at a landscaping company all summer. Oh, and he gave me six months of meetings with a probation officer who thought I was a waste of human flesh.Still, it was better than jail.I pushed the mop back and forth, trying to coat the seams evenly. We didn't want any rain getting into the building and destroying the classrooms. Didn't want to hurt the school. No, sir, we sure didn't."
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
20. "From George Washington to George W. Bush, presidents have invoked God's name in the performance of their official duties."
Author: Linda Chavez
21. "I did not have to learn to love you: You were chosen for me. I knew that the first time I saw you.—George Washington Carver"
Author: Marilyn Nelson
22. "But Bachmann's efforts to strut her IQ were undermined by gaffes galore. In New Hampshire, she hailed the state for being "where the shot was heard round the world in Lexington and Concord." (That blast emanated from Massachusetts.) On June 27, the day of her official announcement in her hometown of Waterloo, Iowa, Bachmann proclaimed in a Fox News interview that "John Wayne was from Waterloo." (Wayne was in fact from Winterset, Iowa; serial killer John Wayne Gacy was from Waterloo.) From now on, her son Lucas razzed his mother, "you can't say George Washington was the first president unless we Google that shit first."
Author: Mark Halperin
23. "I have a higher and grander standard of principle than George Washington. He could not lie; I can, but I won't."
Author: Mark Twain
24. "Illium seems far too pretty to be dangerous." Dmitri's male beauty, by contrast, was a darker, edgier thing."No one ever expects him to take out a blade and slice off their balls," he said with lethal amusement in his tone as he drove them toward the GeorgeWashington Bridge. "He does it with such grace, too."
Author: Nalini Singh
25. "Distinctively gentle he was, and trustworthy, and of special courtesy. His great physical strength was never used in combat, men remembered, except when needed for the defence of the weak. In the last hours, when his mind went roving over the past, he said to someone who stoody by: 'I thank god that in all my life I never struck a man in anger...Ishould have killed my antagonist and then his blood, at this awful moment, would have lain heavily on my soul....Idie at peace with all mankind.' (Referring to Augustine Washington, husband of Mary Ball and father of George Washington.)"
Author: Nancy Byrd Turner
26. "How many kids are in the Graveyard?""A bunch.""Who sends your supplies?""George Washington. Or is it Abraham Lincoln? I forget.""How often do you receive new arrivals?""About as often as you beat your wife."
Author: Neal Shusterman
27. "The Pop-Tarts page is often aflutter. Pop-Tarts, it says as of today (February 8, 2008), were discontinued in Australia in 2005. Maybe that's true. Before that it said that Pop-Tarts were discontinued in Korea. Before that Australia. Several days ago it said: "Pop-Tarts is german for Little Iced Pastry O' Germany." Other things I learned from earlier versions: More than two trillion Pop-Tarts are sold each year. George Washington invented them. They were developed in the early 1960s in China. Popular flavors are "frosted strawberry, frosted brown sugar cinnamon, and semen." Pop-Tarts are a "flat Cookie." No: "Pop-Tarts are a flat Pastry, KEVIN MCCORMICK is a FRIGGIN LOSER notto mention a queer inch." No: "A Pop-Tart is a flat condom." Once last fall the whole page was replaced with "NIPPLES AND BROCCOLI!!!!!"
Author: Nicholson Baker
28. "I've always held the view that great states need strategic space. I mean, George Washington took his space from George III. Britain took it from just about everybody. Russia took all of Eastern Europe. Germany's taken it from everywhere they can, and China will want its space too."
Author: Paul Keating
29. "So no one cares - and that protects your personal privacy. At least most of the time no one cares. I'm not making the argument that if we're doing nothing wrong, then we shouldn't be afraid of the government monitoring us. That's a stupid, bad argument. We should always be afraid of any government monitoring us. The fact that no one cares what we're talking about is an argument for keeping it that way. We don't want the government to be able to care. Any power you give the government, the government will abuse. George Washington almost said that."
Author: Penn Jillette
30. "I often say of George Washington that he was one of the few in the whole history of the world who was not carried away by power."
Author: Robert Frost
31. "I loathe him. He stands for everything I hate in Washington. The right schools, houses in Georgetown, farms in Virginia, quiet meetings at their clubs. They've got their tight little world and you don't break in--they run it all. The bastards. The superior, self-inflated gentry of Washington. They use other men's intellects, other men's work, wrapping it all into decisions bearing their imprimaturs. And if you're on the outside, you become part of that amorphous entity, a 'damn fine staff.' (Alfred Gillette)"
Author: Robert Ludlum
32. "Sitting in the Oval Office, beneath a painting of George Washington, with a bust of Martin Luther King Jr. over his right shoulder and a bust of Abraham Lincoln over his left shoulder, Obama told 'National Journal' that the country's economic woes are deep and endemic."
Author: Ron Fournier
33. "Historically, if you look at people like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, people with disposable incomes have always been agricultural innovators."
Author: Sandra Lerner
34. "I think we need people in Washington who really have more of a sense of a George Washington approach to it, which is to serve and go home. I think far too many of both parties see it as a career. And I don't think that's good for our country."
Author: Scott Rigell
35. "For example, a man who might not have enormous charisma, who could be president 40 years ago, and who was a deserving president, I don't know that George Washington would be a president today, I don't know that Abe Lincoln would, I don't know that Roosevelt would."
Author: Sydney Pollack
36. "Have you ever chopped down something with an ax? Not fun. I now have serious doubts regarding George Washington and his cherry tree."
Author: Tammy Blackwell
37. "Existuje mnoho forem spirituality. Jednou z nich je spiritualita transcendence - tázání se po vznešených vizích, univerzálních morálních principech a osvobození od mnoha omezení lidského života. Ovšem i strom, zvíre, potok nebo lesní hájek, to vše muže být v ohnisku náboženské pozornosti. Spiritualita místa muže být vyznacena zdí, kresbou na zemi nebo hromadou kamenu. Když na starých bojištích umístujeme historické památníky nebo pametní desky na domech, kde se narodily naši predkové ci prespal George Washington, konáme ryzí spirituální akt. Uctíváme zvláštního ducha, který je spojen s tímto místem."
Author: Thomas Moore
38. "They fought their first action in March of 1775. Embarked on eight small ships, they sailed to the Bahamas and captured a British fort near Nassau, seizing gunpowder and supplies. Later, during the Revolutionary War, Marines fought several engagements in their distinctive green coats, such as helping George Washington to cross the Delaware River, and assisting John Paul Jones on the Bonhomme Richard to capture the British frigate Serapis during their famous sea fight."
Author: Tom Clancy
39. "All the authors I studied, all the historical figures, with the exception of George Washington Carver, and all those figures I looked upon as having importance were white men. I didn't mind that they were men, or even white men. What I did mind was that being white seemed to play so important a part in the assigning of values."
Author: Walter Dean Myers
40. "I bet after seeing us, George Washington would sue us for calling him 'father.'"
Author: Will Rogers

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