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    Are we at last brought to such an humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense?
    — Patrick Henry
    Bad men cannot make good citizens. A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience are incompatible with freedom.
    — Patrick Henry
    tags: men  freedom  conscience  bad  morals 
     
    This house protected by an armed citizen. There is absolutely nothing here worth dying for.
    — Patrick Henry
    tags: dying  worth 
     
    The first thing I have at heart is American liberty; the second thing is American union.
    — Patrick Henry
    tags: heart  american 
     
    [Our Constitution] is an instrument for the people to restrain the government.
    — Patrick Henry
    tags: people  government 
     
    I know of no way of judging the future but by the past.
    — Patrick Henry
    tags: future  past 
     
    The Bible is worth all the other books which have ever been printed.
    — Patrick Henry
    tags: bible  book  worth 
     
    The officers of Congress, may come upon you now, fortified with all the terrors of paramount federal authority. Excisemen taxmen may come in multitudes; for the limitation of their numbers no man knows. They may, unless the general government be restrained ... go into your cellars and rooms, and search, ransack, and measure, everything you eat, drink, and wear.
    — Patrick Henry
    I shall act as I think my duty requires.
    — Patrick Henry
    Being a Christian... is a character which I prize far above all this world has or can boast.
    — Patrick Henry
    I know not what others may choose but, as for me, give me liberty or give me death.
    — Patrick Henry
    tags: death  liberty 
     
    It is when a people forget God, that tyrants forge their chains.
    — Patrick Henry
    tags: people  god 
     
    Power is the great evil with which we are contending. We have divided power between three branches of government and erected checks and balances to prevent abuse of power. However, where is the check on the power of the judiciary? If we fail to check the power of the judiciary, I predict that we will eventually live under judicial tyranny.
    — Patrick Henry
    tags: evil  power  live  abuse  balance  government  fail 
     
    Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense? Where is the difference between having our arms in possession and under our direction, and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?
    — Patrick Henry
    tags: real  management 
     
    United we stand, divided we fall. Let us not split into factions which must destroy that union upon which our existence hangs.
    — Patrick Henry
    tags: existence 
     
    Bad men cannot make good citizens. It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains. A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, is incompatible with freedom. No free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue; and by a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles.
    — 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
    tags: people  liberty 
     
    The American Revolution was the grand operation, which seemed to be assigned by the Deity to the men of this age in our country, over and above the common duties of life
    — Patrick Henry
    tags: men  age  revolution  american 
     
    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
    It is the business of a virtuous clergyman to censure vice in every appearance of it.
    — Patrick Henry
    tags: business 
     
    My political curiosity, exclusive of my anxious solicitude for the public welfare, leads me to ask who authorized them (the framers of the Constitution) to speak the language of 'We, the People,' instead of 'We, the States'?
    — Patrick Henry
    Liberty, the greatest of all earthly blessings - give us that precious jewel and you may take everything else!
    — Patrick Henry
    tags: blessing  liberty 
     
    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.
    — Patrick Henry
    tags: spirit 
     
    Perfect freedom is as necessary to the health and vigor of commerce as it is to the health and vigor of citizenship.
    — Patrick Henry
    tags: health  freedom 
     
    Fear is the passion of slaves.
    — Patrick Henry
    tags: fear  passion 
     
    Is the relinquishment of the trial by jury and the liberty of the press necessary for your liberty? Will the abandonment of your most sacred rights tend to the security of your liberty? Liberty, the greatest of all earlthy blessings - give us that precious jewel, and you may take every things else! . . . Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel.
    — Patrick Henry
    The great pillars of all government and of social life [are] virtue, morality, and religion. This is the armor, my friend, and this alone, that renders us invincible.
    — Patrick Henry
    Give me liberty or give me death.
    — Patrick Henry
    tags: death  liberty 
     
    I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience.
    — Patrick Henry
    tags: experience 
     
    The distinctions between Virginians, Pennsylvanians, New Yorkers, and New Englanders are no more. I Am Not A Virginian, But An American!
    — Patrick Henry
    Adversity toughens manhood, and the characteristic of the good or the great man is not that he has been exempt from the evils of life, but that he has surmounted them.
    — Patrick Henry
    tags: evil  men  adversity  manhood 
     
    The eternal difference between right and wrong does not fluctuate, it is immutable.
    — Patrick Henry
    tags: right  wrong 
     
    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
    tags: chance  men  people  loss  age  right  liberty 
     
    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
    tags: example 
     
    The people have a right to keep and bear arms.
    — Patrick Henry
    tags: people  right 
     
    Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction?
    — Patrick Henry
    tags: strength 
     
    Human nature will never part with power. Look for an example of a voluntary relinquishment of power from one end of the globe to another - you will find none.
    — Patrick Henry
    tags: nature  power  human  example 
     
    Be of good courage, my son, and remember that the best men always make themselves.
    — Patrick Henry
    tags: men  courage  son 
     
    He that hath a blind conscience which sees nothing, a dead conscience which feels nothing, and a dumb conscience which says nothing, is in as miserable a condition as a man can be on this side of hell.
    — Patrick Henry
    tags: men  hell  conscience 
     
    Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the Majesty of Heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.
    — Patrick Henry
    tags: fear  time  giving  opinion  heaven 
     
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