Thursday, October 30, 2008

George Washington Concurs

with my last post. Here's what he said in his farewell address to the nation:

31 Observe good faith and justice towards all Nations; cultivate peace and harmony with all. Religion and Morality enjoin this conduct; and can it be, that good policy does not equally enjoin it? It will be worthy of a free, enlightened, and, at no distant period, a great Nation, to give to mankind the magnanimous and too novel example of a people always guided by an exalted justice and benevolence. Who can doubt, that, in the course of time and things, the fruits of such a plan would richly repay any temporary advantages, which might be lost by a steady adherence to it ? Can it be, that Providence has not connected the permanent felicity of a Nation with its Virtue? The experiment, at least, is recommended by every sentiment which ennobles human nature. Alas! is it rendered impossible by its vices ?
I didn't go looking for that. We read it in The Children's Book of Virtues for our history lesson this a.m.!

Read the full text here.

1 comment:

  1. I used to have that book and the older kids read and reread it till it got so beat up, it fell apart.
    thanks for reminding me what a great book that BOV is. I'll have to get a new copy!


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