FACT CHECK: Did George Washington Say This Quote About Government?
A post on Facebook claims that former President George Washington once said, “The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.”
The saying does not appear in any of Washington’s writings. His estate at Mount Vernon labels it a “spurious quotation.”
Washington served as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War and later as the nation’s first president. (RELATED: Did George Washington Say, ‘Firearms Stand Next In Importance To The Constitution Itself’?)
Social media users so frequently misattribute sayings to Washington that his estate at Mount Vernon keeps a list of “spurious quotations.” An internet search reveals that this expression appears on that list.