I only served with them 64 days as a mechanic in Italy,
These manly sentiments, in private life, make good citizens in public life, the patriot and the hero.
Now, one of the most essential branches of English liberty is the freedom of one's house.
If we are not represented, we are slaves.
I will to my dying day oppose, with all the powers and faculties God has given me, all such instruments of slavery on the one hand and villainy on the other as this Writ of Assistance is.
I have accordingly considered it, and now appear not only in obedience to your order, but likewise in behalf of the inhabitants of this town, who have presented another petition, and out of regard to the liberties of the subject.
I do not say that, when brought to the test, I shall be invincible.
A man's house is his castle.
A man's house is his castle and whilst he is quiet, he is as well guarded as a prince in his castle.
A man is accountable to no person for his doings.
My dear sister, I hope, when God Almighty in his righteous providence shall take me out of time into eternity, that it will be by a flash of lightning.
I pray God I may never be brought to the melancholy trial but, if ever I should, it will then be known how far I can reduce to practice principles which I know to be founded in truth.
Every man may reign secure in his petty tyranny, and spread terror and desolation around him, until the trump of the Archangel shall excite different emotions in his soul.
Taxation without representation is tyranny
Your Honors will find in the old books concerning the office of a justice of the peace precedents of general warrants to search suspected houses.
MAY it please your Honors I was desired by one of the court to look into the books, and consider the question now before them concerning Writs of Assistance.
Every one with this writ may be a tyrant if this commission be legal, a tyrant in a legal manner, also, may control, imprison, or murder any one within the realm.
Let the consequences be what they will, I am determined to proceed.
But I think I can sincerely declare that I cheerfully submit myself to every odious name for conscience' sake and from my soul I despise all those whose guilt, malice, or folly has made them my foes.
In the third place, a person with this writ, in the daytime, may enter all houses, shops, etc., at will, and command all to assist him.
It is a clear truth that those who every day barter away other men's liberty will soon care little for their own.
It is a clear truth that those who every day barter away other men's liberty will soon care little for their own
The only principles of public conduct that are worthy of a gentleman or a man are to sacrifice estate, ease, health, and applause, and even life, to the sacred calls of his country.
I was solicited to argue this cause as Advocate-General and, because I would not, I have been charged with desertion from my office.
The colonists are by the law of nature free born, as indeed all man are, white or black.... It is a clear truth that those who every day barter away other men's liberty will soon care little for their own.