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The quotations below are unsourced and removed from the Patrick Henry article on the English Wikipedia. Please feel free to merge any of these into the Wikiquote page if so desired. Best regards, Hall Monitor 18:06, 23 March 2006 (UTC)


"Treason!" cried the Speaker.
"...may profit by their example. If this be treason, make the most of it."
    • May 30, 1765 Speech before the Virginia House of Burgesses
  • "United we stand, divided we fall. Let us not split into factions which must destroy that union upon which our existence hangs." — from a speech given shortly before his death
  • "An appeal to arms and the God of hosts is all that is left us. But we shall not fight our battle alone. There is a just God that presides over the destinies of nations. The battle sir, is not of the strong alone."
  • "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!"
    • March 23, 1775 Speech before the Virgina House of Burgesses
  • "Suspicion is a Virtue if it is in the interests of the good of the people"

The founded on Christianity quote is disputed?Edit

I don't understand how this quote can be disputed. It simply doesn't appear anywhere in the writings of Patrick Henry and in all likelihood was made up for political purposes. [1]

—This unsigned comment is by (talkcontribs) .
I agree with this assessment and have changed the section heading from "disputed" to "misattributed" — the assessment at of November 2006 which you provide had not previously been available, when I labeled it as disputed in March of 2006. ~ Kalki 14:53, 18 January 2008 (UTC)

"The Constitution is not an instrument" quote is fakeEdit

I does not appear in Henry's writings that I can find. More tellingly it does not show up in Google Books until 1994, despite the hundreds of books by and about Henry and the politics of the period. It should be moved to "misattributed." LarryCebula writes "This quote may, in fact, be authentic to Patrick Henry in that it is cited in the HANDBOOK of AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW by Henry Campbell Black, LL. D. Fourth Edition; West Publishing Company. 1927" I downloaded the PDF, and this document, whatever it is, does indeed quote from Black's Handbook; the section with the alleged Henry quotation, however, must have been written much later than 1927 as it refers to "the Constitutions of the 50 states", an anachronism in that there were only 48 states in 1927. (Hawaii became the 50th state in 1959.) Further it gives no source for the alleged Henry quotation. I am therefore reverting the page. Sbh (talk) 07:16, 2 July 2012 (UTC)

As a quick follow-up let me note that the document cited by appears to be an excerpt from the "Constitutions" page of the website The earliest appearance of this page at the Internet Archive is from February 2003 ( Thus this appearance of the alleged Henry quotation is no earlier than any of those previously known. Sbh (talk) 21:11, 2 July 2012 (UTC)