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!
Speech in the Virginia Convention, March, 1775.
Note 1. I was born an American; I will live an American; I shall die an American!Daniel Webster: Speech, July 17, 1850. [back]