Patrick Henry quotes

  • It can not be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians, not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ!
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Bible #God #Christian

  • 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

    #Fake People #4th Of July #Political

  • 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.
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Family #Giving #Religion

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

    #Inspirational #Courage #Veterans Day

  • I know of no way of judging the future but by the past.
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Future #Past #Judging

  • 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

    #4th Of July #Patriotic #America

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

    #Feet #Lamps

  • 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

    #Government #Evil #Abuse

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

    #America #Liberty #Different

  • 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

    #Freedom #Jealous #Blessing

  • 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

    #Real #Hands #Differences

  • Fear is the passion of slaves.
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Fear #4th Of July #Passion

  • If this be treason, make the most of it!
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Conservative #Treason

  • O sir, we should have fine times, indeed, if, to punish tyrants, it were only sufficient to assemble the people! Your arms, wherewith you could defend yourselves, are gone; and you have no longer an aristocratical, no longer a democratical spirit. Did you ever read of any revolution in a nation, brought about by the punishment of those in power, inflicted by those who had no power at all?
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Punishment #Tyrants #People

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

    #Aggravation #Arms #Lasts

  • We should not forget that the spark which ignited the American Revolution was caused by the British attempt to confiscate the firearms of the colonists.
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Second Amendment #Sparks #Revolution

  • 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

    #Country #Loss #Men

  • 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

    #Government #Armor #Pillars

  • The great object is that every man be armed.
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Men #Gun #Second Amendment

  • I believe a time will come when an opportunity will be offered to abolish this lamentable evil.
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Believe #Opportunity #Evil

  • The first thing I have at heart is American liberty; the second thing is American union.
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Heart #Liberty #Firsts

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

    #Inspirational #Death #Giving

  • 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

    #Truth #Honesty #Integrity

  • 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

    #Jealous #Jewels #Long

  • 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

    #People #Political #Curiosity

  • The battle is not to the strong alone. It is to the vigilant, the active, and the brave. A small, disciplined militia can not only hold out against a larger force, but drive it back, because what they're fighting for rightfully belongs to them.
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Strong #Fighting #Brave

  • Bad men cannot make good citizens. A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience are incompatible with freedom.
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Men #Citizens #Moral

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

    #Vices #Appearance #Clergy

  • It is natural for 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... 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

    #Song #Eye #Men

  • United we stand, divided we fall. Let us not split into factions which must destroy that union upon which our existence hangs.
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Fall #Unions #Splits

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

    #Revolution #American Revolution #Distinction

  • Being a Christian... is a character which I prize far above all this world has or can boast.
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Christian #Character #World

  • 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

    #Adversity #Men #Evil

  • You are not to inquire how your trade may be increased, nor how you are to become a great and powerful people, but how your liberties can be secured; for liberty ought to be the direct end of your government.
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Powerful #Government #People

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

    #Blessing #Jewels #Giving

  • 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

    #History #May #Brutus

  • The battle, Sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, Sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable; and let it come! I repeat, Sir, let it come!
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Strong #War #Boston

  • It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, “Peace! Peace!” — but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? 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

    #Life #Sweet #War

  • The Bible is worth all the other books which have ever been printed.
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Bible #God #Christian

  • It is when a people forget God, that tyrants forge their chains.
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Tyrants #Rights #People

  • 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

    #Sweet #Freedom #Business

  • Suffer not yourselves to be betrayed with a kiss. Ask yourselves how this gracious reception of our petition comports with those warlike preparations which cover our waters and darken our land. Are fleets and armies necessary to a work of love and reconciliation? Have we shown ourselves so unwilling to be reconciled, that force must be called in to win back our love? Let us not deceive ourselves, sir. These are the implements of war and subjugationthe last arguments to which kings resort.
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Love #Kings #War

  • They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house?
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Gun #Years #House

  • 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

    #4th Of July #Blessing #Men

  • Three millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Beside, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of Nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us.
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Country #Fighting #Destiny

  • 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.
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Giving Up #4th Of July #Jealous

  • Give me liberty or give me death.
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Death #Military #Giving

  • Perfect freedom is as necessary to the health and vigor of commerce as it is to the health and vigor of citizenship.
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Freedom #Perfect #Healthy

  • If you have given up your militia, and Congress shall refuse to arm them, you have lost every thing. Your existence will be precarious, because you depend on others, whose interests are not affected by your infelicity.
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Arms #Congress #Given

  • 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 the future but by the pasty. Let us not, I beseech you, deceive ourselves longer. We have done everything that could he done to avert the storm, which is now coming on. If we wish to be free we must fight, I repeat, we must fight.
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Fighting #Past #Feet

  • First, the Constitution ought to secure a genuine and guard against a select militia, by providing that the militia shall always be kept well organized, armed, and disciplined, and include, according to the past and general usage of the states, all men capable of bearing arms; and that all regulations tending to render this general militia useless and defenseless, by establishing select corps of militia, or distinct bodies of military men, not having permanent interests and attachments in the community to be avoided.
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Military #Past #Men

  • The militia is our ultimate safety. We can have no security without it. The great object is that every man be armed.
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Men #Safety #Militia

  • Give me liberty or give me gout?!  Ok, who's been messing with this?
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Giving #Liberty #Gout

  • 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

    #Men #Dumb #Sides

  • Implements of war and subjugation are the last arguments to which kings resort.
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Kings #War #Lasts

  • It is natural to man to indulge in the illusion of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, till she transforms us into beasts.
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Hope #Truth #Eye

  • 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

    #Country #Kings #Truth

  • Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction?
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Action #Inaction

  • My most cherished possession I wish I could leave you is my faith in Jesus Christ, for with Him and nothing else you can be happy, but without Him and with all else you'll never be happy.
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Jesus #Wish #Christ

  • Righteousness alone can exalt America as a nation. Whoever thou art, remember this; and in thy sphere practice virtue thyself, and encourage it in others.
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Art #Practice #America

  • The eternal difference between right and wrong does not fluctuate, it is immutable.
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Differences #Doe #Morality

  • Have we the means of resisting disciplined armies, when our only defence, the militia, is put in the hands of Congress?
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Mean #Army #Hands

  • We have not yet begun to fight.
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Sports #Fighting

  • 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

    #Men #Numbers #Taxation

  • ....I am sure that the dangers of this system (the Federal Constitution) are real, when those who have no similar interest with the people of this country (the South) are to legislate for us - when our dearest rights are to be left, in the hands of those, whose advantage it will be to infringe them.
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Country #Real #Rights

  • What right do they have to say "we the people" rather than we the States?
    -- Patrick Henry

    #People #Constitution #States

  • I have the highest veneration of those Gentleman, -- but, Sir, give me leave to demand, what right had they to say, We, the People? My political curiosity, exclusive of my anxious solicitude for the public welfare, leads me to ask who authorized them to speak the language of, We, the People, instead of We, the States? States are the characteristics, and the soul of the confederation. If the States be not the agents of this compact, it must be one of great consolidated National Government of the people of all the States.
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Government #Giving #People

  • 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

    #Country #House #Awful

  • 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.
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Christian #Giving #Religion

  • 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.
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Strong #Mean #Brave

  • Hospitality invites to prayer before it checks credentials, welcomes to the table before administering the entrance exam.
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Prayer #Tables #Hospitality

  • I know some say, let us have good laws, and no matter for the men that execute them: but let them consider, that though good laws do well, good men do better: for good laws may want good men, and be abolished or evaded [invaded in Franklin's print] by ill men; but good men will never want good laws, nor suffer ill ones.
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Men #Law #Voting

  • My great objection to this government is, that it does not leave us the means of defending our rights, or of waging war against tyrants.
    -- Patrick Henry

    #War #Mean #Government

  • Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace! – but there is no peace.
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Gentleman #May #Cry

  • Amongst other strange things said of me, I hear it is said by the deists that I am one of the number; and indeed, that some good people think I am no Christian. This thought gives me much more pain than the appellation of Tory; because I think religion of infinitely higher importance than politics; and I find much cause to reproach myself that I have lived so long, and have given no decided and public proofs of my being a Christian. But, indeed, my dear child, this is a character which I prize far above all this world has, or can boast.
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Christian #Children #Pain

  • The Constitution is said to have beautiful features; but when I come to examine these features, Sir, they appear to me horribly frightful. Among other deformities, it has an awful squinting - it squints towards monarchy. And does not this raise indignation in the breast of every true American? Your president may easily become king. . . . Where are your checks in this government? . . . I would rather infinitely - and I am sure most of this convention are of the same opinion - have a king, lords, and commons than a government so replete with such insupportable evils.
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Beautiful #Kings #Government

  • I believe a time will come when an opportunity will be offered to abolish this lamentable evil. Everything we do is to improve it, if it happens in our day; if not, let us transmit to our descendants, together with our slaves, a pity for their unhappy lot and an abhorrence of slavery.
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Believe #Opportunity #Evil

  • I'm sick of all you ammo-phobes being intolerant of my gun.
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Gun #Gun Control #Sick

  • This house protected by an armed citizen. There is absolutely nothing here worth dying for.
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Gun #House #Dying

  • The people have a right to keep and bear arms.
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Gun #People #Arms

  • Have we the means of resisting disciplined armies, when our only defense, the militia, is put in the hands of Congress? Of what service would militia be to you when, most probably, you will not have a single musket in the state? For, as arms are to be provided by Congress, they may or may not provide them.
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Mean #Army #Hands

  • Is it not amazing that at a time when the rights of humanity are defined and understood with precision, in a country, above all others, fond of liberty-that in such an age and in such a country we find men professing a religion the most humane, mild, gentle and generous, adopting a principle as repugnant to humanity as it is inconsistent with the Bible, and destructive to liberty?
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Country #Men #Rights

  • That religion, or the duty which we owe to our Creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence; and therefore all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of the conscience; and it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance, love, and charity towards each other.
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Christian #4th Of July #Exercise

  • There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us.
    -- Patrick Henry

    #4th Of July #Fighting #Destiny

  • The King has degenerated into a tyrant and forfeits all rights to his subjects' obedience.
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Kings #Rights #Tyrants

  • If we wish to be free; if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending; if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained - we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms, and to the God of hosts, is all that is left us.
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Military #Struggle #Mean

  • We are now able to see things in nature of what was previously only available in computer simulation.
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Technology #Able #Computer

  • Jealousy is the only vice that gives no pleasure
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Jealousy #Giving #Vices

  • O sir, we should have fine times, indeed, if, to punish tyrants, it were only sufficient to assemble the people! Your arms, wherewith you could defend yourselves, are gone ...
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Tyrants #People #Second Amendment

  • . . . Virtue, morality, and religion. This is the armor, my friend, and this alone that renders us invincible. These are the tactics we should study. If we lose these, we are conquered, fallen indeed . . . so long as our manners and principles remain sound, there is no danger.
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Long #Liberty #Principles

  • Away with your president! We shall have a king... the army will salute him as monarch; your militia will leave you and assist in making him king and fight against you. And what have you to oppose this force? What will then become of you and your rights?
    -- Patrick Henry

    #Kings #Army #Fighting

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