George Washington served as the first President of the United States and was Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army. As one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, he presided over the convention that drafted the United States Constitution and came to be known as the “father of his country” during his lifetime and to this day. Here are five quotes from the United States first President.

#1: Be Careful Who You Trust.

“Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to appellation. ”

#2: Be Good in order to Be Happy.

“Human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.”

#3: Speak Your Mind.

“If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”

#4: Remember Where You Came From.

“My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.”

#5: Be Honest, and Mind Your Own Damn Business.

“In politics as in philosophy, my tenets are few and simple. The leading one of which, and indeed that which embraces most others, is to be honest and just ourselves and to exact it from others, meddling as little as possible in their affairs where our own are not involved. If this maxim was generally adopted, wars would cease and our swords would soon be converted into reap hooks and our harvests be more peaceful, abundant, and happy.”