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Quotes of the Day for 29 January 2002 – Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine, my favorite firebrand of the American Revolution, was born at Thetford, Norfolk, England on this day in 1737. After meeting Ben Franklin at London, young Paine was convinced to go to the colonies, where he began to write and publish.

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The quotes:

Character is much easier kept than recovered.

It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving; it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe.

Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best stage, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.
     - Common Sense - 1776

When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.

The most formidable weapon against errors of every kind is reason.
     - All today's quotes are from Thomas Paine, 1737 - 1809

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