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 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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A Quote by William Pitt, "the Elder Pitt on lies and sharing

Prostrate the beauteous ruin lies; and all That shared its shelter perish in its fall.

William Pitt (1708 - 1778)

Source: The Poetry of the Anti-Jacobin. No. xxxvi.

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A Quote by William Pitt, "the Elder Pitt on pity and unhappiness

A strong nor'wester's blowing, Bill, Hark! Don't ye hear it roar, now? Lord help 'em, how I pities all Unhappy folks on shore now!

William Pitt (1708 - 1778)

Source: The Sailor’s Consolation, st 1

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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)

Contributed by: Zaady

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