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!
I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience.
Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defence?
Guard with jealous attention t he 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.
I know of no way of judging the future but by the past.
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.
The great object is that every man be armed.
Give me liberty or give me death.
The Bible is worth all the other books which have ever been printed.
It is natural to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt o shut our eves to that siren until she allures us to our death.
Prefect freedom is as necessary to the health and vigor of commerce as it is to the health and vigor of citizenship.
If this be treason, make the most of it!
We are descended from a people whose government was founded on liberty; our glorious forefathers of Great Britain made liberty the foundation of everything. That country is become a great, mighty, and splendid nation; not because their government is strong and energetic, but sir, because liberty is its direct end and foundation.
The distinctions between Virginians, Pennsylvanians, new Yorkers, and New Englanders are no more. I am not a Virginian but an American.
Unite liberality with a just frugality; always reserve something for the hand of charity; and never let your door be closed to the voice of suffering humanity.
Fear is the passion of slaves.
Do you remember any instance where tyranny was destroyed and freedom established on its ruins, among a people possessing so small a share of virtue and public spirit? I recollect none and this more than the British arms makes me fearful of final success, without a reform.
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.