Washington Views

monumental reflections

monumental reflections

I’ve recently read some of George Washington’s insightful quotes that are as relevant today as they were during his life.  And I’ve always been struck by the beautiful symmetry of the Washington Monument, 555 feet tall, built-in the shape of an obelisk as a memorial to him.  It was completed in 1885 and has withstood earthquakes and hurricanes.  Both the views of the man and the monument stand the test of time.

The monument is in a scenic park in Washington, D.C., that is not far from the capitol heart of this country.  Still even with crowds of tourist visiting the monument; there is a feeling of sanctuary and reflective solitude to the park.  It is more than just a stately structure on manicured grounds; it is designed as a tribute to the man.   It is a beautiful place to begin or end a day at sunset in D.C. and to reflect upon Washington’s words.

I’m sharing some of Washington’s monumental reflections of George’s and the obelisk for a Story Challenge “W.”  Let me know what you think of Washington’s thoughts and musings?

black and white Washington Monument

“The turning points of lives are not the great moments. The real crises are often concealed in occurrences so trivial in appearance that they pass unobserved.”  George Washington

Washington Monument silhouette

“Of Congress, “party disputes and personal quarrels are the great business of the day whilst the momentous concerns of an empire…are but secondary considerations,” that “business of a trifling nature and personal concernment withdraws their attention from matters of great national moment.” George Washington

sepia Washington Monument

“If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to slaughter.” George Washingtonsunset and Washington Monument Washington Monument 

“Perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages.” George Washington

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Story Challenge “W”

11 responses to “Washington Views

  1. Washington’s words about the turning points in life is so true. We often focus on the big things, the great moments, but often it is the small accumulations that really alter our lives.

  2. What a lovely tribute to the Washington Monument. We visited this lovely city in July of this year and we did take loads of photos of this magnificent structure. It’s great that you juxtaposed it with Washington’s memorable quotes. 🙂

  3. Pingback: Quote of the Day – George Washington | The Alexandrian·

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