George Washington - one of a kind
Born on 22 February 1732, he remained a British subject until he found he had to rebel -
"The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments."
On the favours that one nation can expect from another -
"There can be no greater error than to expect, or calculate, upon real favors from nation to nation. It is an illusion which experience must cure, which a just pride ought to discard."
On the right to bear arms -
"The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference - they deserve a place of honour with all that's good. "
On honesty -
"I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an Honest Man."
Firearms note for those who wish the world were a safer and happier place - People deprived of the right to bear arms and defend themselves - Armenians, Russians, Jews, Cambodians, Rwandans, Kurds, and the people of Darfur - have been destroyed in 20th and 21st century genocides.
Thanks to Maggie's Farm for the quotes.