"I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country."
"I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"
"Liberty, once lost, is lost forever."
"I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations."
"You will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it."
"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold, is for people of good conscience to remain silent."
"The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves."
"What is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them."
"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
"It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government."
"The said Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms."
"What, Sir, is the use of a militia? It is to prevent the establishment of a standing army, the bane of liberty. . . Whenever Governments mean to invade the rights and liberties of the people, they always attempt to destroy the militia, in order to raise an army upon their ruins."
"A nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master and deserves one."
"Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. they promise tobe good masters, but they mean to be masters."