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« Trivia Tidbit Of The Day: Part 150 -- Shrinking Unemployment Rate Race Gap. | WILLisms.com | Trivia Tidbit Of The Day: Part 151 -- Peacetime Military Casualties. »

Quotational Therapy: Part 39 -- Patrick Henry's "Give Me Liberty" Speech.

Patrick Henry, "Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death" Speech-

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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? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. The 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. Besides, 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. 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 it, sir, let it come.

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!

Read the entire March 23, 1775 speech here.

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Posted by Will Franklin · 26 August 2005 01:18 PM

Comments

I like that! ...

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at August 26, 2005 05:32 PM

That really is so cool!...

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at August 27, 2005 06:12 AM

Not McCain so much...But Patrick Henry's speech!...Sorry McCain! I like you BUT I just don't know where you are coming from sometimes!...

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at August 27, 2005 06:19 AM