“I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past.
Our petitions have been slighted (disrespected), our supplications (appeals) have been disregarded; and we have been spurned (rejected), with contempt.
I know not what course others may take but, as for me, give me liberty or give me death.”
– Patrick Henry 1775
Patrick Henry was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and the first governor of Virginia. … His rousing speeches—which included a 1775 speech to the Virginia legislature in which he famously declared, “Give me liberty, or give me death!”—fired up America’s fight for independence.