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John Philpot Curran
1750 - 1814

Irish lawyer, orator, and patriot who defended United Irishmen


It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt.

Jul. 10, 1790 - from a speech "The Right of Election" delivered in Dublin, Ireland
Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.

1808 - from a speech delivered in Dublin, Ireland