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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.


George Washington – 22 February 2008
By Mary T. Hoffman

Today is the birthday of George Washington, the first President of the United States. For my Blog and a poem “George Washington’s Birthday” that I wrote last year, please visit: 

The following quotations are attributed to George Washington (1732–1799):

“Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.”

“Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation for 'tis better to be alone than in bad company.”

“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 the appellation.”

“It's wonderful what we can do if we're always doing.”

“I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.”

“There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily.”

“It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.” (In a letter to his niece Harriet Washington, October 30, 1791)

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