Patrick Henry

Patrick Henry
Patrick Henry
  • Born: May 29, 1736
  • Died: June 6, 1799
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Politician

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Patrick Henry was an American attorney, planter, and orator best known for his declaration to the Second Virginia Convention (1775): "Give me liberty, or give me death!" A Founding Father, he served as the first and sixth post-colonial Governor of Virginia, from 1776 to 1779 and from 1784 to 1786.

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A king, from being a father to his people, degenerates into a tyrant, and forfeits all right to obedience. Leaders & Leadership ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
Are we disposed to be of the number of those, who having eyes, see not, and having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it might cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
As we have the right of desiring amendments, why not exercise it. Constitution / Bills & Declarations of Rights
Caesar had his Brutus, Charles I his Cromwell, and George III may profit by their example. If that be treason, make the most of it. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Different men often see the same subject in different lights Human Nature
Freedom is as necessary to the health and vigor of commerce as it is to the health and vigor of citizenship. Freedom & 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 Freedom & Liberty
Guard with jealous attention to the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Freedom & Liberty
I am no longer a Virginian. I am an American. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
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 of the future but by the past Miscellaneous
I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death! Freedom & Liberty
I know of no way of judging the future but by the past. Future ;Management & Managing Government
If we are now to pay these debts to the English, for what were we fighting? Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Instead of useful members of the state, they [ministers] ought to be considered enemies of the community, ... and very justly deserved to be punished with signal severity . Religion & God
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. Freedom & Liberty ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
It is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth …I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it. Human Nature
Make it [the United States] the home of the skillful, the industrious, the fortunate, the happy, as well as the asylum of the distressed ... Let but this, our celebrated goddess, Liberty, stretch forth her fair hand toward the people of the old world—tell them to come, and bid them welcome. Immigration & Emigration
Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Miscellaneous
Show me that age and country where the rights and liberties of the people were placed on the sole chance of their rulers being good men without a consequent loss of liberty! I say that the loss of that dearest privilege has ever followed, with absolute certainty, every such mad attempt. Shall Liberty or Empire be Sought? Freedom & Liberty
Tarquin and Caesar each had his Brutus, Charles the First his Cromwell, and George the Third may profit by their example ("Treason!" cried the Speaker of the House interrupting)—. If this be treason, make the most of it. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
The Constitution reflects in the most degrading and mortifying manner on the virtue, integrity, and wisdom of the state legislatures; it presupposes that the chosen few who go to Congress will have more upright hearts, and more enlightened minds, than those who are members of individual [state] legislatures. Constitution / Bills & Declarations of Rights
The depraved nature of man is well known. He has a natural bias toward his own interest, which will prevail ... unless checked. Human Nature
The distinctions between Virginians, Pennsylvanians, New Yorkers and New Englanders are no more. I am not a Virginian; I am an American.... All distinctions are thrown down; all America is one mass. Citizenship & Patriotism
The great object is that every man be armed. War & Peace ;Guns & Gun Control
The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them. Freedom & Liberty ;Secrecy & Transparency
This fatal system ... instead of securing your rights, you may lose them forever. Constitution / Bills & Declarations of Rights
To cover with the veil of secrecy the common routine of business is an abomination in the eyes of every intelligent man and every friend to his country. Secrecy & Transparency
United we stand, divided we fall. Let us not split into factions which must destroy that union upon which our existence hangs. Political Parties & Machines
Well aware that Jesus Christ hath created the mind free … Religion & God
Why do we love this trial by jury? Because it prevents the hand of oppression from cutting you off. Justice & Injustice
Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense? Trust
Fear is the passion of slaves.
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. Truth
Give me liberty or give me death. Death
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 inevitably ruined. Freedom & Liberty
I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience.
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. Religion & God ;Families, Children & Parenting
I know not what others may choose but, as for me, give me liberty or give me death. Death ;Freedom & Liberty
If this be treason, make the most of it!
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! Life ;Death ;Citizenship & Patriotism
Perfect freedom is as necessary to the health and vigor of commerce as it is to the health and vigor of citizenship. Health, Healthcare & Medicine ;Freedom & Liberty
The Bible is worth all the other books which have ever been printed. Religion & God
This is all the inheritance I give to my dear family. The religion of Christ will give them one which will make them rich indeed. Religion & God ;Families, Children & Parenting
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. Nature ;Power ;Religion & God
When the American spirit was in its youth, the language of America was different: Liberty, sir, was the primary object. Citizenship & Patriotism

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