Quotations by Henry, Patrick


We are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God Nature has placed in our power.

Patrick Henry (1736-1799) American revolutionary and orator
Speech at the Second Virginia Convention (23 Mar 1775)

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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!

Patrick Henry (1736-1799) American revolutionary and orator
Speech at the Second Virginia Convention (23 Mar 1775)

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Caesar had his Brutus, Charles the First his Cromwell; and George the Third — [“Treason!” cried the Speaker] — may profit by their example. If this be treason, make the most of it.

Patrick Henry (1736-1799) American revolutionary and orator
Speech on the Stamp Act, Virginia House of Burgesses (29 May 1765)
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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 every thing else! … Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel.

Patrick Henry (1736-1799) American revolutionary and orator
Speech to the Virginia Convention, Richmond, Virginia (5 Jun. 1788)
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Show me that age and country where the rights and liberties of the people were placed on the sole chance of their rulers being good men, without a consequent loss of liberty?

Patrick Henry (1736-1799) American revolutionary and orator
Speech, Virginia Ratifying Convention (5 Jun 1788)
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