Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
George Washington (173299)
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.
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).