Polar Bear Cub • photo courtesy tableatny
"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, – Letter to Betsy Aylett, his daughter, August 20, 1796
"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 ruined… The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able might have a gun."
– Patrick Henry, Speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 5, 1778
"United we stand, divided we fall, Let us not split into factions which must destroy that union upon which our existence hangs."
– Patrick Henry, Last Public Speech Before His Death, March 4, 1799
"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."
– Speech at the Second Virginia Convention at St. John’s Church, Redmond, Virginia, March 23, 1777