Thursday, September 24, 2009

Thomas Paine on Fact.

"Let our opinions be what they will, truth as to facts should be strictly adhered to." Thomas Paine, The Forrester's Letters, 1776.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Thomas Paine on Truth.

"Truth, in every case, is the most reputable victory a man can gain." Thomas Paine, Pennsylvania Packet, 16 February 1779.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Thomas Paine on usurpation.

"Usurpation cannot alter the right of things." Thomas Paine, Rights of Man I, 1791.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Thomas Paine on suspicion

"Suspicion is the companion of mean souls, and the bane of all good society." Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776.

Friday, September 4, 2009

de Tocqueville on American vanity.

"A stranger who injures American vanity, no matter how justly, may make up his mind to be a martyr."
-- Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, 1835.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Thomas Paine on death: In memorium -- Roger Bishop

"However men may differ in their ideas of grandeur or of government here, the grave is nevertheless a perfect republic." Thomas Paine, The American Crisis, 1778.