Thomas Paine (1737-1809): American revolutionary agitator and writer
From the east to the west blow the
trumpet to arms!
Through the land let the sound of it
Let the far and the near all unite, with
In defense of our Liberty Tree.
( The Liberty Tree, July 1775)
A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom.
( Common Sense, 1776)
A French bastard landing with an armed banditti and establishing himself King of England against the consent of the natives is, in plain terms, a very paltry rascally original.... The plain truth is that the antiquity of English monarchy will not bear looking into.
O! ye that love mankind! Ye that dare oppose not only the tyranny but the tyrant, stand forth! Every spot of the Old World is overrun with oppression. Freedom hath been hunted round the globe. Asia and Africa have long expelled her. Europe regards her as a stranger and England hath given her warning to depart. O! receive the fugitive and prepare in time an asylum for mankind.
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.
No nation ought to be without a debt. A national debt is a national bond; and when it bears no interest, is in no case a grievance.
When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.