History Jokes: President George Washington on the proposed size of the army


Funny anecdotes and short stories are a great source of examples in public speeches. This website contains short funny stories, clean jokes and humorous legends of kings and queens, politicians, famous literary figures and artists from many books and sources. The styles of writers from different time periods was preserved - they often enhance the stories in an amusing way. Enjoy and have fun!

President George Washington on the proposed size of the army 
An incident is related as having occurred while he
was in the Convention for forming the Constitution,
which was probably suggested by his experience during
the war. A member proposed to introduce a clause
into the constitution, limiting a standing army to five
thousand men. Washington observed, that he should
have no objection to such a clause, if it were so amended
as to provide, that no enemy should presume to invade
the United States with more than three thousand.


From The Museum of Foreign Literature, Science, and Art by Robert Walsh, Eliakim Littell, John Jay
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George Washington at the fireplace 
Monday, March 17, 2008, 01:25 AM - American history in jokes,anecdotes and funny facts, Jokes and anecdotes of famous people
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As he (George Washington) sat at table after dinner the fire
behind him was too large and hot; he complained and said he must remove; a gentleman observed that it behooved a general to stand fire; Washington said, it did not look well for a general to receive fire from behind.
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Napoleon's Secretary 
Monday, March 17, 2008, 01:03 AM - History of France, Jokes and anecdotes of famous people
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In order to encourage his secretaty, Bourrienne,
under the arduous labour that he continually imposed upon
him, Bonaparte would sometimes say, " Bourrienne! we shall
go down to posterity together!" The vanity of this hope was
shown in the answer "Can you tell me who was the secretary
of Alexander?"
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Cato and statues 
Sunday, March 16, 2008, 12:52 AM - Ancient history jokes and anecdotes, Greek and Roman, Jokes and anecdotes of famous people
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Cato, on observing that statues were being
set up in honour of many, remarked, "I would
rather people would ask, why is there not a statue
to Cato, than why there is."

From Greek Wit: A Collection of Smart Sayings and Anecdotes by Frederick Apthorp Paley
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Caesar and the pilot 
Once he had taken ship in disguise to cross the Adriatic Sea, and the helmsman, terrified by the adverse wind, dared not pursue his course. But Caesar said to him, " Fear not, my friend! You carry Caesar and his fortunes!"

From the Bible for Leaners
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