Suspect Everyone

Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined.
Patrick Henry
Virginia Ratifying Convention
June 5, 1788

Patrick Henry
(May 29, 1736 - June 6, 1799)

We Should Have Fine Times

O sir, we should have fine times, indeed, if, to punish tyrants, it were only sufficient to assemble the people! Your arms, wherewith you could defend yourselves, are gone; and you have no longer an aristocratical, no longer a democratical spirit. Did you ever read of any revolution in a nation, brought about by the punishment of those in power, inflicted by those who had no power at all?
Patrick Henry
Virginia Ratifying Convention
June 5, 1778

Patrick Henry
(May 29, 1736 - June 6, 1799)