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In America, the Law is King

Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine

“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.” – Thomas Paine

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Moderation in Principle is a Species of Vice…

Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine

“Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle, is a species of vice.” — Thomas Paine, Letter Addressed to the Addressers on the Late Proclamation, 1792

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These Are the Times That Try Men’s Souls…

Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine

“These are the times that try men’s 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.” — Thomas Paine, The American Crisis, No 1, 1776

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We Are Running the Next Generation into Debt…

Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine

“As parents, we can have no joy, knowing that this government is not sufficiently lasting to ensure anything 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 present fears and prejudices conceal from our sight.” — Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776

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Tyranny, Like Hell, is Not Easily Conquered…

Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine

“Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” — Thomas Paine, American Crisis, No. 1, 1776

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The Power Who is Jealous of Our Prosperity…

Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine

“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.” — Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776

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Moderation – Virtue or Vice?

Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine

“Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle, is a species of vice.” — Thomas Paine, Letter Addressed to the Addressers on the Late Proclamation, 1792

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