The poorest man may in his cottage bid defiance to all the force of the Crown. It may be frail, its roof may shake; the wind may blow through it; the storms may enter, the rain may enter, but the King of England cannot enter; all his forces dare not cross the threshold of the ruined tenement!
Speech on the Excise Bill; reported in Henry Peter Brougham, Historical Sketches of Statesmen Who Flourished in the Time of George III (1839), vol. 1, p. 52. Lord Brougham notes, "There are other celebrated passages of his speeches in all men's mouths…. Perhaps the finest of them all is his allusion to the maxim of English law, that every man's home is his castle", given above. According to Francis Thackeray, A History of the Right Honorable William Pitt (1827), vol. 2, p. 29, the speech was delivered in 1763 in opposition to an excise tax on perry and cider.
The atrocious crime of being a young man, which [Walpole] has, with such spirit and decency, charged upon me, I shall neither attempt to palliate nor deny; but content myself with wishing that I may be one of those whose follies cease with their youth, and not of those who continue ignorant in spite of their age and experience.William Pitt The Elder
It is now apparent that this great, this powerful, this formidablekingdomisconsidered onlyas a province of a despicable electorate.William Pitt The Elder
I know that I can save this country and that no one else can.William Pitt The Elder
I was called by my sovereign and by the voice of the peopletoassist the State when othershad abdicated the service of it.That being so, no one can be surprisedthat I will go on no longer, since my advice is not taken. Being responsible, I will directand will be responsible for nothing that I do not direct.William Pitt The Elder
I rejoice that America has resisted. Three millions of people, so dead to all the feelings of liberty, as voluntarily to submit to be slaves, would have been fit instruments to make slaves of the rest.William Pitt The Elder
Where laws end, tyranny begins.William Pitt The Elder
The spirit that now resists your taxation in America is?the same spirit that established the great fundamental, essential maxim of your libertiesthat no subject of England shall betaxed but byhis ownconsent. The glorious spirit of Whiggismanimates three million in America, who prefer poverty with liberty to gilded chains and sordid affluence; and who will die in defence of their rights as men, as free men.William Pitt The Elder
If I were an American, as I am an Englishman, while a foreigntroopwaslanded inmycountry,Inever would lay down my armsnevernevernever!William Pitt The Elder
You cannot conquer America.William Pitt The Elder