The best Common Sense quotes

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Common Sense by Thomas Paine

Common Sense quotes

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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.

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Men who look upon themselves born to reign, and others to obey, soon grow insolent; selected from the rest of mankind their minds are early poisoned by importance.

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Time makes more converts than reason.

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For as we are never in a proper condition of doing justice to others, while we continue under the influence of some leading partiality, so neither are we capable of doing it to ourselves while we remain fettered by any obstinate prejudice.

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Society is produced by our wants, and government by wickedness; the former promotes our happiness positively by uniting our affections, the latter negatively by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a punisher.

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It is not in numbers, but in unity, that our great strength lies; yet our present numbers are sufficient to repel the force of all the world.

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Government, like dress, is the badge of lost innocence; the palaces of kings are built on the ruins of the bowers of paradise.

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Until an independence is declared the continent will feel itself like a man who continues putting off some unpleasant business from day to day, yet knows it must be done, hates to set about it, wishes it over, and is continually haunted with the thoughts of its necessity.

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One of the strongest natural proofs of the folly of hereditary right in kings, is, that nature disapproves it, otherwise, she would not so frequently turn it into ridicule by giving mankind an ass for a lion.

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Such is the irresistible nature of truth that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.

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Immediate necessity makes many things convenient, which if continued would grow into oppressions. Expedience and right are different things.

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Small islands, not capable of protecting themselves, are the proper objects for kingdoms to take under their care; but there is something absurd, in supposing a continent to be perpetually governed by an island.

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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.

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