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A collection of quotes by Patrick Henry on speech, society, trust, freedom, nature, liberty, religion, death, treason, and fear.

31 Insightful Quotes By Patrick Henry That Teach You To Fight Your Own Battles

Famous As: 5th & 6th Governor of Virginia, Orator, Revolutionary leader, Prominent promoter of American Revolution and Independence
Born On: May 29, 1736
Died On: June 6, 1799
Born In: Hanover County, Virginia
Founder / Co Founder: Fathers of the United States of America
Died At Age: 63

Patrick Henry was a prominent American politician, attorney, orator and planter. He is recognized for his declaration, ‘Give me liberty, or give me death,’ to the ‘Second Virginia Convention,’ in 1775. Born in ‘Hanover Country,’ in the ‘Colony of Virginia,’ Patrick Henry also served as ‘Governor of Virginia,’ for two terms. We have created a corpus of noteworthy quotes and sayings by Patrick Henry, which have been excerpted from his debates, speeches, public utterances, etc. Scroll through the quotes by Patrick Henry on passion, slaves, bible, spirit, experience, guide, lamp, America, patriotism, slavery, purity, government, humanity, suffering, voice, blessings, unions, tyranny, founding-fathers, gun, safety, jealous, right, forever and more.

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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!

Patrick Henry

The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government - lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.

Patrick Henry

Caesar had his Brutus, Charles the First his Cromwell; and George the Third — ['Treason!' cried the Speaker] — may profit by their example. If this be treason, make the most of it.

Patrick Henry

The eternal difference between right and wrong does not fluctuate, it is immutable.

Patrick Henry

For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst and to provide for it.

Patrick Henry

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

Patrick Henry

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?

Patrick Henry

The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.

Patrick Henry

A King, by disallowing Acts of this salutary nature, from being the father of his people, degenerated into a Tyrant and forfeits all rights to his subjects' obedience.

Patrick Henry

The distinctions between Virginians, Pennsylvanians, New Yorkers, and New Englanders are no more. I Am Not A Virginian, But An American!

Patrick Henry

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

Patrick Henry

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

Patrick Henry

The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able may have a gun.

Patrick Henry

If this be treason, make the most of it!

Patrick Henry

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

Patrick Henry

Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who comes near that precious jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. When you give up that force, you are ruined.

Patrick Henry

Suspicion is a virtue as long as its object is the public good, and as long as it stays within proper bounds. ... Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel.

Patrick Henry

When the American Spirit was in its youth, the language of America was different; Liberty, sir, was then the primary object.

Patrick Henry

It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains.

Patrick Henry

I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

Patrick Henry

Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts.

Patrick Henry

The question before the House is one of awful moment to this country. For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery

Patrick Henry

Liberty, the greatest of all earthly blessings - give us that precious jewel and you may take everything else!

Patrick Henry

For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole turuth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.

Patrick Henry

It is the business of a virtuous clergy to censure vice in every appearance of it.

Patrick Henry

Fear is the passion of slaves.

Patrick Henry

Beside, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone.

Patrick Henry

I am not a Virginian, but an American.

Patrick Henry

Give me liberty or give me death

Patrick Henry

Suspicion is a virtue as long its object is the preservation of public good

Patrick Henry