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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1060
AUTHOR: Patrick Henry (1736–99)
QUOTATION: Is the relinquishment of the trial by jury and the liberty of the press necessary for your liberty? Will the abandonment of your most sacred rights tend to the security of your liberty? Liberty, the greatest of all earthly blessings—give us that precious jewel, and you may take every thing else!… Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel.
ATTRIBUTION: PATRICK HENRY, speech to the Virginia Convention, Richmond, Virginia, June 5, 1788.—The Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution, ed. Jonathan Elliot, vol. 3, p. 45 (1836, reprinted 1937).