“On these occasions I consider how mankind may be connected like one great family in fraternal ties—I endulge a fond, perhaps an enthusiastic idea, that as the world is evidently much less barbarous than it has been, its melioration must still be progressive—that nations are becoming more humanized in their policy—that the subjects of ambition & causes for hostility are daily diminishing—and in fine, that the period is not very remote when the benefits of a liberal & free commerce will, pretty generally, succeed to the devastations & horrors of war.”
–George Washington, 1st President of the United States of America
Quote Number: 292
Source: Washington, George. George Washington to Marquis de Lafayette, August 15, 1786, Mount Vernon, Farifax County, Virginia. In The Papers of George Washington, Confederation Series, vol. 4, 2 April 1786 – 31 January 1787. W W Abbot, editor. University Press of Virginia: Charlottesville. 1995. pg 214–216. On Founders Online. National Archives and Records Administration. Online Here.