Thomas Paine
When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon.

What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value.

We can only reason from what is; we can reason on actualities, but not on possibilities.

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.

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

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

That government is best which governs least.

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

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

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.

A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.

4 Comments on “Quotable

  1. Great quotes…but isn’t this all just Common Sense?! sorry…couldn’t resist. :^)


  2. Alicia, very punny. Thanks for the comic relief today!


  3. These are great quotes. Hey Leslie, there is an interesting discussion in the comment section of my “twilight” post – I’d love to hear if you have any input on the changing literary medium in our society.


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