Our first President, George Washington, and probably our finest, lived by a list of maxims. Here are a few of my favorites...
Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.
Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all.
Few men have virtue to withstand to the highest bidder.
Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.
It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.
It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.
Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.
Truth will ultimately prevail when there is pains to bring it to light.
Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble!