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In his farewell address, Washington exhorted Americans to set aside their violent likes and dislikes of foreign nations, lest they be controlled by their passions: “The nation which indulges toward another an habitual hatred or an habitual fondness is in some degree a slave.” Washington’s remarks have served as an inspiration for American isolationism, and his advice against joining a permanent alliance was heeded for more than a century and a half.
====George Washington's Farewell Adress of 1796====
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[http://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/washing.asp Washington's Farewell Address] from The Avalon Project
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