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   Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations.  1989.
 
 
NUMBER:410
AUTHOR:George Washington (1732–99)
QUOTATION:If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War.
ATTRIBUTION:President GEORGE WASHINGTON, fifth annual address to Congress, December 13, 1793.—The Writings of George Washington, ed. John C. Fitzpatrick, vol. 33, p. 166 (1940).
SUBJECTS:Defense
 
 
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