William Pitt the Younger

William Pitt the Younger
William Pitt the Younger
  • Born: May 28, 1759
  • Died: January 23, 1806
  • Nationality: British
  • Profession: Leader









William Pitt the Younger was a prominent British Tory statesman of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He became the youngest British prime minister in 1783 at the age of 24. He left office in 1801, but was Prime Minister again from 1804 until his death in 1806. He was Chancellor of the Exchequer for most of his time as Prime Minister. He is known as "the Younger" to distinguish him from his father, William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham, called William Pitt the Elder or simply "Chatham", who had previously served as Prime Minister.

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… most accursed, wicked, barbarous, cruel, unnatural, unjust and diabolical. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
As the Laws now stand, an old Officer, a Man who has often ventured his Life, and often spilt his Blood, in the Service of his Country, may be dismissed, and reduced, perhaps, to a starving Condition, at the arbitrary Will and Pleasure, perhaps at the Whim of a favourite Minister; so that by the present Establishment of our Army, the Reward of a Soldier seems not to depend upon the Services done to his Country, but upon the Services he does to those who happen to be the favourite Ministers at the Time Military & Veterans
Being responsible, I will direct, and will be responsible for nothing that I do not direct. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
England has saved herself by her exertions, and will, as I trust, save Europe by her example. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
How, sir! Is this enormous evil ever to be eradicated, if every nation is thus prudentially to wait till the concurrence of all the world shall have been obtained? Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
I am sure I can save this country and no one else can. States. Nations & Nationhood
I fear, my Lords, it is too much the temper of this country to be insensible of the approach of danger, until it comes with accumulated terror upon us. Defense & National Security
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! Freedom & Liberty
If we mean seriously to unite the nation within itself, we must convince them that their complaints are regarded, that their injuries shall be redressed. On that foundation I would take the lead in recommending peace and harmony to the people. On any other, I would never wish to see them united again. If the breach in the Constitution be effectually repaired, the people will of themselves return to a state of tranquillity; if not, may discord prevail forever Miscellaneous
It must cut up Liberty by the root and poison the Fountain of Publick Security Patronage & Pork Barrel
Measures not men Legislating & Legislative Process
My Lord, I am sure I can save this country, and no one else can Leaders & Leadership
Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. Legislating & Legislative Process ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
Sorry I am to hear the liberty of speech in this house, imputed as a crime. No gentleman ought to be afraid to exercise it. It is a liberty by which the gentleman who calumniates it might have profited, and by which he ought to have profited. Legislating & Legislative Process
Suppose, Sir, the Soldiers of our Army were all such as had served a Campaign or two against a publick Enemy; is it from hence to be inferred, that they must for ever after live idly, and be maintained at the Expense of their Country Military & Veterans
The amount of our danger, therefore, it would be impolitic to conceal from the people. It was the first duty of ministers to make it known, and after doing so, it should have been their study to provide against it, and to point out the means to the country by which it might be averted. Leaders & Leadership
The fund that carried you triumphantly through the last war [with France] … you owe this to America Budgets & Budgeting
The gentleman asks, when were the colonies emancipated? But I desire to know, when were they made slaves Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
The simple question is: will you change your Ministers and keep the Empire, or keep your Ministers and lose the Kingdom? Management & Managing Government
The whole of your political conduct has been one continued series of weakness, temerity, despotism, ignorance, futility, negligence, blundering, and the most notorious senility, incapacity, and corruption. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
There is something behind the throne greater than the King himself. Power ;Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
These ministers will destroy the empire they were called upon to save, before the indignation of a great and suffering people can fall upon their heads, in the punishment which they deserve. I affirm the war to have been a most accursed, wicked, barbarous, cruel, unnatural, unjust, and diabolical-war. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
This country is little obliged to the framers and supporters of the tea tax. The Americans had almost forgot in their excess of gratitude for the repeal of the Stamp Act, any interest but that of the mother country. This temper would have continued, if not interrupted by your fruitless endeavors to tax them without their consent. I am an old man, and would advise the noble lords in office to adopt a more gentle method of governing America; proceedings like these will never meet with the wished-for success. Instead of these, pass an amnesty on all their youthful errors, clasp them once more to your fond and affectionate arms, and I will venture to affirm you will find them children worthy of their sire. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
We owe our present happiness and prosperity, which has never been equaled in the annals of mankind, to a mixture of monarchical government. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
When trade is at stake it is your last retrenchment; you must defend it, or perish. Foreign Trade
When two countries are connected together, like England and her colonies, without being incorporated, the one must necessarily govern; the greater must rule the less; but so rule it, as not to contradict the fundamental principles that are common to both. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
When your lordships look at the papers transmitted to us from America-- when you consider their decency, firmness, and wisdom, you cannot but respect their cause … For myself I must declare and avow, that in all my reading and observation … that for solidity of reasoning, force of sagacity, and wisdom of conclusion … no nation or body of men can stand in preference to the Congress at Philadelphia. I trust that it is obvious to your lordships, that all attempts to impose servitude upon such men, to establish despotism over such a mighty continental nation, must be vain, must be fatal. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
You may take from me, Sir, the privileges and emoluments of place, but you cannot, and you shall not, take from me those habitual and warm regards for the prosperity of Great Britain which constitute the honour, the happiness, the pride of my life, and which, I trust, death alone can extinguish. Loyalty & Loyalty Oaths
Confidence is a plant of slow growth in an aged heart.
Don't talk to me about a man's being able to talk sense; everyone can talk sense. Can he talk nonsense?
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! Citizenship & Patriotism
Poverty of course is no disgrace, but it is damned annoying.
The press is like the air, a chartered libertine.
Theoretical principals must sometimes give way for the sake of practical advantages.
Unlimited power corrupts the possessor. Power
Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who posses it; and this I know, my lords: that where law ends, tyranny begins. Power