“It is too probable that no plan we propose will be adopted. Perhaps another dreadful conflict is to be sustained. If to please the people,we offer what we ourselves disapprove, how can we afterwards defend our work? Let us raise a standard to which the wise and the honest can repair. The event is in the hand of god.” (Farrand, 2000, p.66)
George Washington – remarks at the first Continental Congress, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 14 May 1787 – at which he was the presiding officer.
Farrand, Max. (2000) The Framing of the Constitution of the United States. Washington, D.C.: Beard Books. Originally published in 1913 by Yale University Press.