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Patrick Henry
May 29, 1736 - June 6, 1799
Nationality: American
Category: Revolutionary
Subcategory: American Revolutionary

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.


Perfect freedom is as necessary to the health and vigor of commerce as it is to the health and vigor of citizenship.


I like dreams of the future better than the history of the past.


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!


The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.


Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense?


When the American spirit was in its youth, the language of America was different: Liberty, sir, was the primary object.


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.


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.

    Topics: Christianity

The great object is that every man be armed.


Give me liberty or give me death.


I know not what others may choose but, as for me, give me liberty or give me death.


Fear is the passion of slaves.


I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience.


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.


If this be treason, make the most of it!


The Bible is worth all the other books which have ever been printed.


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


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


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.


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