George Washington (1789-1797)

George Washington 1782 paintingFirst U.S. President

George Washington was born on February 22, 1732, the first son of Augustine Washington and his second wife, Mary Ball Washington, on the family’s Pope’s Creek Estate near present-day Colonial Beach in Westmoreland County, Virginia. He was educated in the home by his father and older brother. ~Wikipedia

“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.”

The foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing is a vice so mean and low that every person of sense and character detests and despises it.

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

Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.


5 Responses to George Washington (1789-1797)

  1. Daniel says:

    It seems as though General Washington was a man of character and was what would be considered a “true” gentlemen. When did things change from being what a man strives to be to being what a man has to do to prove that he is a man. “swearing is a vice” where boys now a day swear to look cool, be tough and fit in with other typically developing males. When did we loose the discrete male, that didn’t do things in the presence of ladies to a male who must do things in front of anyone?

  2. Melissa says:

    I agree with what Daniel has to say. What did happen to men like that? Now and days if you hear boys talking about their mother like what Washington said about his mother, boys would be made fun of and other boys would start calling them a “mama’s boy”. The whole cursing thing is not attractive what so ever. Who came up with the thought that cursing out loud in front of everyone is so cool? I think its sad how society influences and puts so much pressure on one another.

  3. Matt says:

    I feel like the difference between the versions of a man then and now is the idea of chivalry. I think chivalry seemed to take the strength aspects we so value today, and combine them with a caring, servant-like role in society. I feel like the distinction is even present in the way that we name a good man. In today’s language we would say someone who is an excellent example of the male model is a “good man.” Yet back in the 1700s, you were a gentleman. What’s the difference? Gentleness. I once heard gentleness defined as “controlled strength.” I feel like we missed something when we lost the same idealistic principles of chivalry like (these are taken from the actual code) “Live for freedom, justice and all that is good/ Protect the innocent/ Never abandon a friend, ally, or noble cause/ Be polite and attentive/ Show respect to authority./ Respect women/ Exhibit Courage in word and deed”. I feel like some of these are lost in the last couple hundred of years and that the things that are left are merely the ones that get a man a powerful position in society. I think that we are indeed forgetting what it was to be a man, not that the man of old was perfect, but I feel like it was a lot closer than we are now.

  4. Tyler says:

    “Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.“
    Really interesting idea. Perhaps Washington believes anxiety is a product solely of the heart with reason to be anxious. Or perhaps, as a “man of virtue”, he is merely communicating to us a relevant truth regarding the nonconstructive nature of our unfounded worries: The virtuous man has no legitimate reason for worry if he has no problem of his own doing to fear. Only those with reason to worry should be doing so, and all others should realize the futility of anxiety without merit. Interesting.

  5. Heather says:

    I like your insight, Tyler. And this has so many Biblical implications and ties. I love when truths of the world are synonymous with truths of God.

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