Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine

It can only be by blinding the understanding of man, and making him believe that government is some wonderful mysterious thing, that excessive revenues are obtained. Monarchy is well calculated to ensure this end. It is the popery of government; a thing kept up to amuse the ignorant, and quiet them into taxes.More Thomas Paine quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The American constitutions were to liberty, what a grammar is to language: they define its parts of speech, and practically construct them into syntaxMore Thomas Paine quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It is always to be taken for granted, that those who oppose an equality of rights never mean the exclusion should take place on themselves.More Thomas Paine quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It is unnatural that a pure stream should flow from a foul fountain its vices are but a continuation of the vices of its origin. A man of moral honor and good political principles, cannot submit to the mean drudgery and disgraceful arts, by which such elections are carried. To be a successful candidate, he must be destitute of the qualities that constitute a just legislator: and being thus disciplined to corruption it is not to be expected that the representative should be better than the man.More Thomas Paine quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
...the individuals themselves, each in his own personal and sovereign right, entered into a compact with each other to produce a government: and this is the only mode in which governments have a right to arise, and the only principle on which they have a right to exist.More Thomas Paine quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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