Patrick Henry

Patrick
Henry
1736
1799

American Orator, Patriot and Politician remembered for his "Give me Liberty, or give me Death?" speech

Author Quotes

For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole turuth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.

Is the relinquishment of the trial by jury and the liberty of the press necessary for your liberty? Will the abandonment of your most sacred rights tend to the security of your liberty? Liberty, the greatest of all earthly blessings give us that precious jewel, and you may take everything else! Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel.

That religion, or the duty which we owe to our Creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence; and therefore all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience; and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice forbearance, love, and charity towards each other.

We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth... For my part, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst; and to provide for it.

Future, Past, Judging I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience.

It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at truth, and fulfill the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the Majesty of Heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings. ... Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things, which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it. Let us not, I beseech you, sir, deceive ourselves. ... Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

The battle, Sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, Sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable; and let it come! I repeat, Sir, let it come!

We are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of Nature has placed in our power... the battle, sir, is not to the strong alone it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.

Gentlemen may cry peace, peace- but there is no peace! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why should we idle here?... I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

It is the business of a virtuous clergy to censure vice in every appearance of it.

The Bible is worth all the other books which have ever been printed.

We are now able to see things in nature of what was previously only available in computer simulation.

Give me liberty or give me death!

It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains.

The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able may have a gun.

We had some tough losses. Our goal this season was to win 20 games, and we figured we were going to fall short after those one-run losses, but we've been working all week on hitting the first-pitch fast ball and that's what we did tonight.

Have we the means of resisting disciplined armies, when our only defense, the militia, is put in the hands of Congress?

It took us three games to get one (good game)... It really did. At times, we looked as young as we really are. But by the third game, I thought they had gained some experience.

be concealed from them.

We shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.

I am not a Virginian, but an American.

Let Mr. Madison tell me when did liberty ever exist when the sword and the purse were given up from the people? Unless a miracle shall interpose, no nation ever did, nor ever can retain its liberty after the loss of the sword and the purse.

The officers of Congress may come upon you now, fortified with all the terrors of paramount federal authority. Excisement taxmen may come in multitudes; for the limitation of their numbers no man knows. They may, unless the general government be restrained ... go into your cellars and rooms, and search, ransack, and measure, everything you eat, drink, and wear.

When the American spirit was in its youth, the language of America was different: Liberty, sir, was the primary object.

I believe a time will come when an opportunity will be offered to abolish this lamentable evil. Everything we do is to improve it, if it happens in our day; if not, let us transmit to our descendants, together with our slaves, a pity for their unhappy lot and an abhorrence of slavery.

Author Picture
First Name
Patrick
Last Name
Henry
Birth Date
1736
Death Date
1799
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American Orator, Patriot and Politician remembered for his "Give me Liberty, or give me Death?" speech