As to pay, Sir, I beg leave to assure the Congress that as no pecuniary consideration could have tempted me to accept this arduous employment at the expense of my domestic ease and happiness, I do not wish to make any profit from it.
George Washington, in Congress on his appointment as Commander-in-Chief (June 16, 1775).
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 306.
Everywhere in life, the true question is not what we gain, but what we do.