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Wisdom from Thomas Paine

"It is never to be expected in a revolution that every man is to change his opinion at the same moment. There never yet was any truth or any principle so irresistibly obvious that all men believed it at once. Time and reason must cooperate with each other to the final establishment of any principle; and therefore those who may happen to be first convinced have not a right to persecute others, on whom conviction operates more slowly. The moral principle of revolutions is to instruct, not to destroy." - Thomas Paine, First Principles of Government, July, 1795

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Shameless but....

It seems that me and Mr. Paine think alike.


"Liberty's too precious a thing to be buried in books...Men should hold it up in front of them every single day of their lives and say: 'I'm free to think and to speak. My ancestors couldn't. I can. And my children will."

-Jimmy Stewart

egapele's picture



Could have been RP

uttering those phrases.

Would have like to have seen / heard him use that on the likes of Rudy, McCaint, Sanctorum, and Newt in the debates - four idiots on whom conviction may never operate.

I was thinking the same

I was thinking the same thing. No wonder he was able to be so patient all these years.

SteveMT's picture

Words of wisdom that are as timely as those of Sun Tzu.

Thomas Paine is the unsung hero of Liberty, and was a Patriot extraordinaire.

oh, wow

another great quote.

"We can see with our eyes, hear with our ears and feel with our touch, but we understand with our hearts."