I love the Americans because they love liberty, and I love them for the noble efforts they made in the last war.

Speech in the House of Lords (March 2, 1770)

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More from William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham

Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it; and this I know, my lords, that where laws end, tyranny begins.

Case of Wilkes. Speech (January 9, 1770)

There is something behind the throne greater than the King himself.

Speech in the House of Lords (March 2, 1770)

If I were an American, as I am an Englishman, while a foreign troop was landed in my country, I never would lay down my arms, never! never! never!

Speech in the House of Lords (18 November, 1777)

Confidence is a plant of slow growth in an aged bosom; youth is the season of credulity.