Patrick Henry

1736 - 1799

A Quote by Patrick Henry on truth, complete, integrity, open, openess, honesty, and disclosure

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

Patrick Henry (1736 - 1799)

Source: http://www.everybodygoes.com/quotations/integrity-quotes.htm

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A Quote by Patrick Henry on nations, people, power, punishment, and revolution

O sir, we should have fine times, indeed, if, to punish tyrants, it were only sufficient to assemble the people! Your arms, wherewith you could defend yourselves, are gone. . . . Did you ever read of any revolution in a nation . . . inflicted by those who had no power at all?

Patrick Henry (1736 - 1799)

Source: Speech in the Virginia ratifying convention, June 2–June 26, 1788. W. Wirt’s Patrick Henry.

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A Quote by Patrick Henry

I am not a Virginian, I am an American.

Patrick Henry (1736 - 1799)

Source: Speech in the Virginia Convention, Sept. 1774

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A Quote by Patrick Henry on bravery, country, fear, friendship, giving, god, guilt, heaven, justice, nations, nature, power, time, and weakness

. . . I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of Hosts is all that is left us! . . . Sir, we are not weak, if we make a proper use of the means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. . . . Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations; and who will raise 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 . . . . . . Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason toward my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the majesty of heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.

Patrick Henry (1736 - 1799)

Source: Speech before the Virginia House of Burgesses

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A Quote by Patrick Henry on death, god, liberty, life, peace, and slavery

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)

Source: Speech in the Virginia Convention, 1774. W. Wirt’s Patrick Henry.

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A Quote by Patrick Henry on force, jealousy, and liberty

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 (1736 - 1799)

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A Quote by Patrick Henry on future, judgment, and past

I have no way of judging the future but by the past.

Patrick Henry (1736 - 1799)

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A Quote by Patrick Henry on future, judgment, and past

I know no way of judging of the future but by the past.

Patrick Henry (1736 - 1799)

Source: Speech in the Virginia Convention, March, 1775.

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A Quote by Patrick Henry on beginning, death, god, idleness, liberty, life, peace, slavery, war, and wishes

The gentlemen may cry, Peace, peace! But there is no peace. The war has actually begun! 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 stand we here idle? What is it that the gentlemen wish? What would they have? 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)

Source: 1775, Speech in Virginia Convention

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A Quote by Patrick Henry

The great object is that every man be armed.

Patrick Henry (1736 - 1799)

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