A good moral character is the first essential in a man…
[A] good moral character is the first essential in a man, and that the habits contracted at your age are generally indelible, and your conduct here may stamp your character through life. It is therefore highly important that you should endeavor not only to be learned but virtuous.
Context: Letter to Steptoe Washington
Tags: George Washington, Letter to Steptoe Washington, character, morality, virtue, 1790