George Washington Promotes Science and Literature

Nor am I less persuaded, that you will agree with me in opinion, that there is nothing which can better deserve your patronage than the promotion of Science and Literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness. In one in which the measures of Government receive their impression so immediately from the sense of the Community as in ours it is proportionably essential. To the security of a free Constitution it contributes in various ways: By convincing those who are intrusted with the public administration, that every valuable end of Government is best answered by the enlightened confidence of the people: and by teaching the people themselves to know and to value their own rights; to discern and provide against invasions of them; to distinguish between oppression and the necessary exercise of lawful authority; between burthens proceeding from a disregard to their convenience and those resulting from the inevitable exigencies of Society; to discriminate the spirit of Liberty from that of licentiousness, cherishing the first, avoiding the last, and uniting a speedy, but temperate vigilance against encroachments, with an inviolable respect to the Laws.


As the keys to happiness and to preserve liberty.

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 First Annual Message to Congress
Proceedings of Meetings and Symposia>Speech:  Washington, George (01/08/1970), First Annual Message to Congress, Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia, Washington DC, Retrieved on 2013-01-08
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    04 JAN 2013

     Insight is the Greatest Virtue

    Knowledge is the most important moral.
    Folksonomies: virtue ethics
    Folksonomies: virtue ethics