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What George Washington Can Teach Us about the Ages

No…this has nothing to do with the myth surrounding a young George Washington cutting down his father’s cherry tree. Nice story but I’m told it is at best a legend because there is no documented historical basis for it.

But, it is a fact George Washington stepped up when the nation needed him. He did it in leading the ragged band of warriors referred to as the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. He did it again when the young, independent nation needed a first president. He also did it many times through the words he spoke.

To digress only briefly…the reference to “the ages” in the title to this post needs to be addressed. In the context of my point “the ages” refers to a period in the history of the earth. Some examples would be the Ice Age; the Stone Age; the Bronze Age, etc.

Well, in my opinion, many of Washington’s words will have meaning and applicability to people through all ages because they were insightful and inspirational. Here’s just a few of Washington’s thoughts that can teach us about living through the ages.

  • “We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience.”

    • Ageless interpretation: If you live in the past you sacrifice the future application of the experience gained.
  • “Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for ‘tis better to be alone than in bad company.”

    • Ageless interpretation: Your reputation is impacted by the people with whom you associate.
  • “Example, whether it be good or bad, has a powerful influence.”

    • Ageless interpretation: You are a product of the examples you choose to follow.
  • “Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.”

    • Ageless interpretation: Whatever you give to your world you will receive in kind.
  • “Be careful not to let saliva escape with your words, nor any spittle fly into the faces of those with whom you converse.”

    • Ageless interpretation: Using another person as a spittoon wipes open communication off their face and yours.
  • “Do not pare your nails in public, much less gnaw them.”

    • Ageless interpretation: Keep your personal hygiene for your most private of moments.
  • “Put not off your clothes in the presence of others, nor go out of your chamber half dressed.”

    • Ageless interpretation: Dressing for success means appropriately dressing for the moment at all times.
  • “Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.”

    • Ageless interpretation: Your personal freedom is dependent upon your attention to authenticity all around you.
  • “A people…who are possessed of the spirit of commerce, who see and who will pursue their advantages may achieve almost anything.”

    • Ageless interpretation: You can achieve anything you viscerally want to be, do, or have.
  • “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”

    • Ageless interpretation: The price for maintaining all your personal freedoms is a staunch awareness of what they are and what they truly mean to you.
  • “A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends.”

    • Ageless interpretation: People are attracted to you by what you do…not only by what you say.
  • “Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak; and esteem to all.”

    • Ageless interpretation: Consistent exercise of your self-discipline makes you whole.
  • “Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.”

    • Ageless interpretation: Stay true to yourself and your peace of mind will prevail.
  • “Perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages.”

    • Ageless interpretation: Be positive in mindset and never give up.


Crop of GNCC Shot     If you have learned anything from George Washington’s ageless teachings, what is the most important lesson to you?

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Theodore Nwangene

August 9, 2015 11:23 am Reply

This is very inspirational, i love it. I really agree with all the quotes especially “Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.” and “Perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages.”, they are so true.

Thanks so much for sharing this with us, its really very informative.


    Gary Greenfield

    August 10, 2015 2:46 pm Reply

    Thank you, Theo. My blog lives to be meaningful and inspirational to people so I particularly appreciate your comment.