THOMAS PAINE
(1737-1809) Author of the famous 16-pamphlet series entitled “The American Crisis”, which he signed, “Common Sense”.

“Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumphs. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: ‘Tis dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed; if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated.”

"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it."

“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and sunshine patriot will, in this crisis shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it NOW deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”

“The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind. Where, say some, is the king of America? I’ll tell you, friend, He reigns above.”
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