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帕特里克·亨利 美国革命家、演说家。弗吉尼亚首任州长 本站收录 帕特里克·亨利 的美文 1

Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death(不自由,毋宁死) 立即阅读

作者:Patrick Henry    阅读:526    喜欢:0    语言:英语

Mr. President: No man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism, as well as abilities, of the very worthy gentlemen who have just addressed the House. But different men often see the same subject in different lights; and, therefore, I hope it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen if, entertaining as I do opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely and without reserve. This is no time for ceremony. The question before the House is one of awful moment to this country. For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery; and in proportion to the magnitude of the subject ought to be the freedom of the debate. It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at truth, and fulfill the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the Majesty of Heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.

作者简介

帕特里克·亨利(Patrick Henry,1736-1799),美国革命家、演说家。弗吉尼亚首任州长(1736~1799年)。生于弗吉尼亚州。基本上靠自学成才。1760年取得律师资格。后曾为弗吉尼亚议会议员。积极参加反抗英国殖民者、维护殖民地人民权利的斗争。在美国革命前夜的一次动员会上以“不自由,毋宁死”的结束语闻名,鼓舞了弗吉尼亚的军心。1784~1786年再次担任州长。