George Washington: Highest Bidder

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George Washington Money Quote saying not many of us will resist the most cash offered, no matter how virtuous. George Washington said:
Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder Quote

“Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder” — George Washington


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In this quote, George Washington is commenting on the weakness of human virtue and morality when confronted with large financial incentives or rewards.

His interpretation is that when money is used to entice or corrupt through “the highest bidder” making the greatest offer, few people will have the strength of character or integrity (“virtue”) to resist compromising their principles and giving in to the monetary temptation.

Washington seems to be suggesting that for most people, morality can be undermined by large enough financial inducements, no matter their original intentions or values.

The overall message is one of skepticism about the ability of average individuals to maintain virtue and stand on principle when money is used as a powerful corrupting influence by those willing to outbid others.

Birthday: February 22, 1732 – Death: December 14, 1799

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