“GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH!”
Most of us are familiar with this quote from Patrick Henry, a Founding Father.
On this day in 1776, he became colonel of the First Virginia battalion.
Now, here are some other portions of the speech which contains the famous quote above:
“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 about all earthly kings… .”
“If we wish to be free…we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us!”
“Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations.”
“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!”