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Quotes of the Day for 19 December 2001 – Paine and Freedom

It was on this day in 1776 that Thomas Paine, one of my favorite rabble rousers, released the first essay in the series "The American Crisis." Paine made it very clear that freedom was going to come only at great and ongoing cost to all - a point driven home exactly one year later as Washington set up camp at Valley Forge.

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The quotes:

The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow brave.

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must undergo the fatigue of supporting it.

These are times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country.

He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach himself.
     - All today's quotes are from Thomas Paine, 1737 - 1809

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