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1776


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"No country can be called free which is governed by an absolute power; and it matters not whether it be an absolute royal power or an absolute legislative power, as the consequences will be the same to the people."


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"But where says some is the King of America? Ill tell you Friend, he reigns above, and doth not make havoc of mankind like the Royal - of Britain."


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"Everything that is right or reasonable pleads for separation. The blood of the slain, the weeping voice of nature cries, tis time to part."


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"But where says some is the King of America? Ill tell you Friend, he reigns above, and doth not make havoc of mankind like the Royal Brute of Britain . . . let it be brought forth placed on the divine law, the word of God; let a crown be placed thereon, by which the world may know, that so far as we approve of monarchy, that in America THE LAW IS KING. For as in absolute governments the King is law, so in free countries the law ought to be king; and there ought to be no other. But lest any ill us"


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"Is the power who is jealous of our prosperity, a proper power to govern us? Whoever says No, to this question, is an Independant for independency means no more than this, whether we shall make our own laws, or, whether the King, the greatest enemy this continent hath, or can have, shall tell us there shall be no laws but such as I like."


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"This new world hath been the asylum for the persecuted lovers of civil and religious liberty from every part of Europe. Hither have they fled, not from the tender embraces of the mother, but from the cruelty of the monster; and it is so far true of England, that the same tyranny which drove the first emigrants from home, pursues their descendants still."


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"As parents, we can have no joy, knowing that this government is not sufficiently lasting to ensure any thing which we may bequeath to posterity: And by a plain method of argument, as we are running the next generation into debt, we ought to do the work of it, otherwise we use them meanly and pitifully. In order to discover the line of our duty rightly, we should take our children in our hand, and fix our station a few years farther into life; that eminence will present a prospect, which a few pr"


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"The reformation was preceded by the discovery of America, as if the Almighty graciously meant to open a sanctuary to the persecuted in future years, when home should afford neither friendship nor safety."


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"When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary."


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"Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer or are exposed to the same miseries by a government, which we might expect in a country without government, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer."


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"We have it in our power to begin the world over again."


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"Now is the seedtime of continental union, faith and honor. The least fracture now, will be like a name engraved with the point of a pin on the tender rind of a young oak; the wound would enlarge with the tree, and posterity read in it full grown characters."


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"The Sun never shined on a cause of greater worth."


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"The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind."


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"I call not upon a few, but upon all: not on this state or that state, but on every state; up and help us; lay your shoulders to the wheel; better have too much force than too little, when so great an object is at stake."


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"Let it be told to the future world, that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive, the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet and to repulse it."


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"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death."


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"Not all the treasures of the world, so far as I believe, could have induced me to support an offensive war, for I think it murder; but if a thief breaks into my house, burns and destroys my property, and kills or threatens to kill me, or those that are in it, and to bind me in all cases whatsoever to his absolute will, am I to suffer it?"


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"If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace."


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"What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value."


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"Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph."


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"It is the madness of folly, to expect mercy from those who have refused to do justice; and even mercy, where conquest is the object, is only a trick of war; the cunning of the fox is as murderous as the violence of the wolf."


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"These are the times that try mens souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman."


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1777


"We fight not to enslave, but to set a country free, and to make room upon the earth for honest men to live in."


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"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it."


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1778

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"We repose an unwise confidence in any government, or in any men, when we invest them officially with too much, or an unnecessary quantity of, discretionary power."


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"The Grecians and Romans were strongly possessed of the spirit of liberty but not the principle, for at the time they were determined not to be slaves themselves, they employed their power to enslave the rest of mankind."


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1782

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"I consider the war of America against Britain as the countrys war, the publics war, or the war of the people in their own behalf, for the security of their natural rights, and the protection of their own property."


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"I have never made it a consideration whether the subject was popular or unpopular, but whether it was right or wrong; for that which is right will become popular, and that which is wrong, though by mistake it may obtain the cry or fashion of the day, will soon lose the power of delusion, and sink into disesteem."


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1783


"The times that tried mens souls are over-and the greatest and completest revolution the world ever knew, gloriously and happily accomplished."


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1790


"I wish most anxiously to see my much loved America - it is the Country from whence all reformations must originally spring - I despair of seeing an Abolition of the infernal trafic in Negroes - we must push that matter further on your side the water - I wish that a few well instructed Negroes could be sent among their Brethren in Bondage, for until they are enabled to take their own part nothing will be done."


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1791

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"A Constitution is not the act of a Government, but of a people constituting a government, and a government without a constitution is a power without right."


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"Freedom had been hunted round the globe; reason was considered as rebellion; and the slavery of fear had made men afraid to think. But such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing."


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"If, from the more wretched parts of the old world, we look at those which are in an advanced stage of improvement, we still find the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry, and grasping the spoil of the multitude. Invention is continually exercised, to furnish new pretenses for revenue and taxation. It watches prosperity as its prey and permits none to escape without tribute."


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"If, from the more wretched parts of the old world, we look at those which are in an advanced stage of improvement, we still find the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry, and grasping the spoil of the multitude. Invention is continually exercised, to furnish new pretenses for revenues and taxation. It watches prosperity as its prey and permits none to escape without tribute."


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in 1791

"A little matter will move a party, but it must be something great that moves a nation."


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"He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself."


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1792

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"A nation under a well regulated government, should permit none to remain uninstructed. It is monarchical and aristocratical government only that requires ignorance for its support."


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in 1792

"Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle, is a species of vice."


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1793


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1794


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"It is a fool only, and not the philosopher, nor even the prudent man, that will live as if there were no God? Were a man impressed as fully and strongly as he ought to be with the belief of a God, his moral life would be regulated by the force of belief; he would stand in awe of God and of himself, and would not do the thing that could not be concealed from either."


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"A constitution defines and limits the powers of the government it creates. It therefore follows, as a natural and also a logical result, that the governmental exercise of any power not authorized by the constitution is an assumed power, and therefore illegal."


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Maps shewing the residence of Thomas Paine before, and at his death, 8th June 1809, at Greenwich in the City of New York : and also the house where he lived and the site of the building in which he died / made in 1864 for David T. Valentine, C.C., by Jo

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"We have it in our power to begin the world over again."


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"Is it not a species of blasphemy to call the New Testament revealed religion when we see in it such contradictions and absurdities."


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"The instant formal government is abolished society begins to act. A general association takes place and common interest produces common security."


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"The harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph."


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"The real man smiles in trouble gathers strength from distress and grows brave by reflection."


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"Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind tyranny in religion is the worst."


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"There are matters in the Bible said to be done by the express commandment of God that are shocking to humanity and to every idea we have of moral justice."


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"I believe in the equality of man and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice loving mercy and endeavoring to make our fellow-creatures happy."


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"That God cannot lie is no advantage to your argument because it is no proof that priests can not or that the Bible does not."


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"If there must be trouble let it be in my day that my child may have peace."


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"Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man."


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"It is error only and not truth that shrinks from inquiry."


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"Any system of religion that has anything in it that shocks the mind of a child cannot be true."


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"Human nature is not of itself vicious."


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"He that rebels against reason is a real rebel but he that in defence of reason rebels against tyranny has a better title to Defender of the Faith than George the Third."


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"The World is my country all mankind are my brethren and to do good is my religion."


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"Society in every state is a blessing but government even in its best stage is but a necessary evil in its worst state an intolerable one."


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"The greatest remedy for anger is delay."


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"All national institutions of churches whether Jewish Christian or Turkish appear to me no other than human inventions set up to terrify and enslave mankind and monopolize power and profit."


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"To say that any people are not fit for freedom is to make poverty their choice and to say they had rather be loaded with taxes than not."


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"War involves in its progress such a train of unforeseen circumstances that no human wisdom can calculate the end it has but one thing certain and that is to increase taxes."


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"Those who want to reap the benefits of this great nation must bear the fatigue of supporting it."


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"One good schoolmaster is of more use than a hundred priests."


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"When men yield up the privilege of thinking the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon."


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"Tis the business of little minds to shrink but he whose heart is firm and whose conscience approves his conduct will pursue his principles unto death."


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"But such is the irresistable nature of truth that all it asks and all it wants is the liberty of appearing."


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"To establish any mode to abolish war however advantageous it might be to Nations would be to take from such Government the most lucrative of its branches."


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"Suspicion is the companion of mean souls and the bane of all good society."


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"It is not a God just and good but a devil under the name of God that the Bible describes."


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"Persecution is not an original feature in any religion but it is always the strongly marked feature of all religions established by law."


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"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must like men undergo the fatigue of supporting it."


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"Time makes more converts than reason."


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"These are the times that try mens souls."


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"It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing or in disbelieving it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe."


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"Government even in its best state is but a necessary evil in its worst state an intolerable one."


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"I love the man that can smile in trouble that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection. Tis the business of little minds to shrink but he whose heart is firm and whose conscience approves his conduct will pursue his principles unto death."


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"My country is the world and my religion is to do good."


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"Reputation is what men and women think of us character is what God and angels know of us."


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"Every science has for its basis a system of principles as fixed and unalterable as those by which the universe is regulated and governed. Man cannot make principles he can only discover them."


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"Every religion is good that teaches man to be good and I know of none that instructs him to be bad."


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"He who is the author of a war lets loose the whole contagion of hell and opens a vein that bleeds a nation to death."


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"The strength and power of despotism consists wholly in the fear of resistance."


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"I prefer peace. But if trouble must come let it come in my time so that my children can live in peace."


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