• I do not mean to exclude altogether the idea of patriotism. I know it exists, and I know it has done much in the present contest. But I will venture to assert, that a great and lasting war can never be supported on this principle alone. It must be aided by a prospect of interest, or some reward.

    George Washington, David Maydole Matteson, United States George Washington Bicentennial Commission (1778). “The writings of George Washington from the original manuscript sources, 1745-1799”, p.286
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