Patrick Henry

Patrick Henry (May 29, 1736 – June 6, 1799) was an American attorney, planter and politician who became known as an orator during the movement for independence in Virginia. A Founding Father, he served as the first and sixth post-colonial Governor of Virginia, from 1776 to 1779 and from 1784 to 1786. Henry led the opposition to the Stamp Act 1765 and is remembered for his "Give me liberty, or give me death!" speech. Along with Samuel Adams and Thomas Paine, he is regarded as one of the most influential champions of Republicanism and an enthusiastic promoter of the American Revolution and its fight for independence. After the Revolution, Henry was a leader of the anti-federalists in Virginia. He opposed the United States Constitution, fearing that it endangered the rights of the States as well as the freedoms of individuals; he helped gain adoption of the Bill of Rights. However, by 17... More

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Patrick Henry Quotes

Patrick Henry #Family #Religion

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 #Alone #God #Nature #Power

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 #Death

Give me liberty or give me death.
Patrick Henry #Experience

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

Fear is the passion of slaves.
Patrick Henry #Future

I know of no way of judging the future but by the past.
Patrick Henry #Great

The great object is that every man be armed.
Patrick Henry #Death #God #Life #Peace

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 #Death

I know not what others may choose but, as for me, give me liberty or give me death.
Patrick Henry #Family #Religion

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 #Freedom #Health

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

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 #Truth

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.