Thursday, June 30, 2011

Thomas Paine: A thing moderately good

"A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue, but moderation in principle is always a vice."
Thomas Paine, Rights of Man II, 1792.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Thomas Paine: To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason

"To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason, and whose philosophy consists in holding humanity in contempt, is like administering medicine to the dead, or endeavoring to convert an atheist by scripture." Thomas Paine, The American Crisis V, March 21, 1778, To Sir William Howe. 

Thomas Paine on the moral duty of mankind.

"... the moral duty of man consists of imitating the moral goodness and beneficence of God manifested in the creation towards all his creatures. That seeing, as we daily do, the goodness of God to all men, it is an example calling upon all ment to practice the same towards each other; and consequently that every thing of persecution and revenge between man and man, and every thing of cruelty to animals, is a violation of moral duty." Thomas Paine, Age of Reason, I, 1794.

Monday, June 6, 2011

"... the strength and powers of depotism." Thomas Paine

 " ... the strength and powers of despotism consist wholly in the.
fear of resisting it." Thomas Paine, Rights of Man II, ch. 5.

Effigy hanging in front of the Parliament of Greece

You know ... I wonder if we in the United States of Amerika could even get AWAY with good ole effigy-hanging like our "patriot forefathers" did in olden times?
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Effigy hanging outside Greek Parliament