Labour to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience.
GEORGE WASHINGTON, Rules of Behavior
A man’s intentions should be allowed in some respects to plead for his actions.
WASHINGTON, letter to the Speaker of the House of Burgesses, Dec 1756
There is a Destiny which has the control of our actions, not to be resisted by the strongest efforts of Human Nature.
GEORGE WASHINGTON, letter to Mrs. George William Fairfax, Sep. 12, 1758
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.
GEORGE WASHINGTON, letter to Colonel Bassett, Jun. 19, 1775
It is with pleasure I receive reproof, when reproof is due, because no person can be readier to accuse me, than I am to acknowledge an error, when I am guilty of one; nor more desirous of atoning for a crime, when I am sensible of having committed it.
GEORGE WASHINGTON, letter to Governor Dinwiddie, Aug. 27, 1757