James Otis Quotes


The only principles of public conduct that are worthy of a gentleman or a man are to sacrifice estate ease health and applause and even life to the sacred calls of his country.

Every man may reign secure in his petty tyranny and spread terror and desolation around him until the trump of the Archangel shall excite different emotions in his soul.

A man is accountable to no person for his doings.

MAY it please your Honors: I was desired by one of the court to look into the books and consider the question now before them concerning Writs of Assistance.

I will to my dying day oppose with all the powers and faculties God has given me all such instruments of slavery on the one hand and villainy on the other as this Writ of Assistance is.

My dear sister I hope when God Almighty in his righteous providence shall take me out of time into eternity that it will be by a flash of lightning.

What must be the wealth that avarice aided by power cannot exhaust!

I do not say that when brought to the test I shall be invincible.

One of the most essential branches of English liberty is the freedom of one's house. A man's house is his castle.

A man's house is his castle.

It is a clear truth that those who every day barter away other men's liberty will soon care little for their own.

Let the consequences be what they will I am determined to proceed.

[The passage of the Sugar Act] set people a thinking in six months more than they had done in their whole lives before.

Parliaments are in all cases to declare what is good for the whole; but it is not the declaration of parliament that makes it so.

These manly sentiments in private life make good citizens; in public life the patriot and the hero.

Every one with this writ may be a tyrant; if this commission be legal a tyrant in a legal manner also may control imprison or murder any one within the realm.

No parts of his Majesty's dominions can be taxed without their consent.

Can there be any liberty where property is taken away without consent?

The supreme power cannot take from any man any part of his property without his consent in person or by representation.

An act against the Constitution is void; an act against natural equity is void.

Dew depends not on Parliament.

The people's safety is the law of God.

I pray God I may never be brought to the melancholy trial; but if ever I should it will then be known how far I can reduce to practice principles which I know to be founded in truth.

Taxation without representation is tyranny.