Breaking Down George Washington’s Infamous Quote About The Virtues Of 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.” – George Washington


There exists a saying, a philosophy if you will, that absolute power corrupts absolutely. I believe Washington was aware of this power and by professing how he hoped to show up in the world, he armed his subconscious mind with the tools to combat any potential situations that might arise while in power.

Our values define us. When we state them openly, we arm ourselves with the virtues that support the values most important to us. What are those virtues? This is a question to be answered by each man or woman as they create the life they choose to live. Most would not argue a strong foundation could be readily built on both honesty and integrity.

Washington clearly states he believes “character” is a defining characteristic of a leader. He further describes the most enviable of all titles, “the character of an honest man.” We had another President who garnered the the title “Honest Abe.” Abraham Lincoln shared on multiple occasions how important honesty and integrity were to him.

Lincoln was loved by some, hated my many, and misunderstood by most… He was asked to lead our country through one of the most difficult periods in history. One of his virtues was justice. He believed in just government of, for, and by the people. He believed our rules and laws applied to all of the people, and for, all of the people.

The Emancipation Proclamation set to reclaim the virtue of what had been written so many years earlier in the Declaration of Independence. We were and are a nation “conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”

These words from Lincoln now provide the foundation for both men and women alike, irregardless of race, religion, creed, or color. Wisdom eventually always prevails. Lincoln also stated “The probability that we may fall in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe just.” Sound words from a sound Leader!


Author: Bobby Kountz

Bobby Kountz is a former Oncology Nurse, a seasoned Oncology Sales Professional, and Personal Development Enthusiast. He is also an Inspirational Writer, Professional Speaker, Personal Development and Career Transition Coach, Dedicated Community Volunteer, Social Equality Activist, Mental Health Activist, and Loving Father and Husband.


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