William Pitt

1708 - 1778

A Quote by William Pitt, "the Elder Pitt on argument, freedom, necessity, and slavery

Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.

William Pitt (1708 - 1778)

Source: speech on the India Bill 18 November 1783

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A Quote by William Pitt, "the Elder Pitt on contentment, crime, experience, honor, spirit, and youth

The atrocious crime of being a young man, which the honourable gentleman [Walpole] has with such spirit and decency charged upon me, I shall neither attempt to palliate nor deny; but content myself with wishing that I may be one of those whose follies may cease with their youth, and not of that number who are ignorant in spite of experience.

William Pitt (1708 - 1778)

Source: Speech, House of Commons, March 1741

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A Quote by William Pitt, "the Elder Pitt on constitution and genius

I invoke the genius of the constitution.

William Pitt (1708 - 1778)

Source: Speech, November 18, 1777

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A Quote by William Pitt, "the Elder Pitt on argument, freedom, necessity, slavery, and tyranny

Necessity is the excuse for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of the tyrant and the creed of the slave.

William Pitt (1708 - 1778)

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A Quote by William Pitt, "the Elder Pitt on beginning, laws, and tyranny

Where law ends tyranny begins.

William Pitt (1708 - 1778)

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A Quote by William Pitt, "the Elder Pitt on america and country

If I were an American, as I am an Englishman, while a foreign troop was landed in my country, I never would lay down my arms,-never! never! never! You cannot conquer America.

William Pitt (1708 - 1778)

Source: Speech, Nov. 18, 1777.

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A Quote by William Pitt, "the Elder Pitt on force

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The poorest man may in his cottage bid defiance to all the force of the Crown. It may be frail; its roof may shake; the wind may blow through it; the storms may enter, the rain may enter,- but the King of England cannot enter; all his forces dare not cross the threshold of the ruined tenement!

William Pitt (1708 - 1778)

Source: Speech on the Excise Bill.

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A Quote by William Pitt, "the Elder Pitt on future, home, and security

Reparation for our rights at home, and security against the like future violations.

William Pitt (1708 - 1778)

Source: Letter to the Earl of Shelburne, Sept. 29, 1770.

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A Quote by William Pitt, "the Elder Pitt

A long train of these practices has at length unwillingly convinced me that there is something behind the throne greater than the King himself.

William Pitt (1708 - 1778)

Source: Chatham Correspondence. Speech, March 2, 1770.

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A Quote by William Pitt, "the Elder Pitt on beginning, corruption, laws, power, and tyranny

Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who posses it; and this I know, my lords: that where laws end, tyranny begins.

William Pitt (1708 - 1778)

Source: Case of Wilkes. Speech, January 9, 1770

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