March 23, 1775 Patrick Henry delivers his famous speech in Richmond..............It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. 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!
See the whole speech here
I will add a few more quotes
'The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government - lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.”
“The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.”
"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel."