Quotes of Patrick Henry

“ I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided; and that is the lamp of experience. I know way of judging the future but by the past. ”

- Patrick Henry

“ Give me liberty or give me death. ”

- Patrick Henry

“ Jealousy is the only vice that gives no pleasure. ”

- Patrick Henry

“ 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

“ 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. ”

- Patrick Henry

“ Give me liberty or give me death." [From a speech given at Saint John's Church in Richmond, Virginia on March 23, 1775 to the Virginia House of Burgesses; as first published in print in 1817 in William Wirt's Life and Character of Patrick Henry.] ”

- Patrick Henry

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

- Patrick Henry

“ It is natural to man to indulge in the illusion of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of the siren, till she transforms us into beasts. ”

- Patrick Henry

“ I know not what others may choose but, as for me, give me liberty or give me death. ”

- Patrick Henry

“ Perfect freedom is as necessary to the health and vigor of commerce as it is to the health and vigor of citizenship. ”

- Patrick Henry

“ The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government - lest it come to dominate our lives and interests. ”

- Patrick Henry

“ I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death. ”

- Patrick Henry

“ I know not what others may choose but, as for me, give me liberty or give me death. ”

- Patrick Henry

“ Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined. ”

- Patrick Henry

“ Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains or 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

“ Perfect freedom is as necessary to the health and vigor of commerce as it is to the health and vigor of citizenship. ”

- Patrick Henry

“ 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. ”

- Patrick Henry

“ Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense? ”

- Patrick Henry

“ A school for future leaders. ”

- Patrick Henry

“ If this be treason, make the most of it! ”

- Patrick Henry

“ I have now disposed of all my property to my family. There is one thing more I wish I could give them, and that is the Christian religion. ”

- Patrick Henry

“ If this be treason, make the most of it! ”

- Patrick Henry

“ Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains or 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

“ Fear is the passion of slaves. ”

- Patrick Henry

“ The battle is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. ”

- Patrick Henry

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

- Patrick Henry

“ Perfect freedom is as necessary to the health and vigor of commerce as it is to the health and vigor of citizenship. ”

- Patrick Henry

“ Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains or 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

“ I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided; and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging the future but by the past. ”

- Patrick Henry

“ The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government - lest it come to dominate our lives and interests. ”

- Patrick Henry
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