If Washington was an unusually unimaginative man, he enjoyed the advantages of not having a strong imagination. Chief among them is that it allows one to take the world as it is, not to argue with it, nor wish to change it. This George Washington always seems to have done. If one takes the world as it is, it becomes easier to know what to ask of it.
-Joseph Epstein, as excerpted from his essay, George Washington: An Amateur's View