Today's quote comes from a letter dated July 25, 1798 that George Washington wrote to James Anderson.
The letter was written as Washington was wrestling with the threats coming from France and more specifically what his duty to his country would require.
He was sure that France would be met with a country ready to defend herself, but he was also sure that he could not stand by in order to let "others" do the work while he watched.
As usual, Washington was guided by principles as he heard of France's plans. The specific principle he sights is simply this,
"...man was not designed by the all-wise Creator to live for himself alone."
When a man shares his principles and spends his life living by them, we would be wise to listen!