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 america, death, feeling, liberty, people, rest, and slavery

I rejoice that America has resisted. Three millions of people, so dead to all the feelings of liberty, as voluntary to submit to be slaves, would have been fit instruments to make slaves of the rest.

William Pitt (1708 - 1778)

Source: Speech, House of Commons, January 1766

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A Quote by William Pitt, "the Elder Pitt on confidence, credulity, growth, plants, seasons, and youth

Confidence is a plant of slow growth in an aged bosom, youth is the season of credulity.

William Pitt (1708 - 1778)

Source: Speech, House of Commons, Jan. 14, 1766.

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A Quote by William Pitt, "the Elder Pitt

We have a Calvinistic creed, a Popish liturgy, and an Armenian clergy.

William Pitt (1708 - 1778)

Source: Prior's Life of Burke (1790).

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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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