- Series: Oxford World's Classics
- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (January 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 019953800X
- ISBN-13: 978-0199538003
- Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1.1 x 5.1 inches
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Rights of Man, Common Sense, and Other Political Writings (Oxford World's Classics) 1st Edition
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Common Sense’s role during the American Revolution is known to most elementary students. But few have actually read it. So, I decided to highlight five quotations that will resonate with Americans today. For each of these quotations, I could think of an issue that would benefit from Paine’s common sense.
“A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom... Time makes more converts than reason.”
“For all men being originally equals, no one by birth could have a right to set up his own family in perpetual preference to all others for ever, and though himself might deserve some decent degree of honors of his contemporaries, yet his descendants might be far too unworthy to inherit them.”
“Men do not change from enemies to friends by the alteration of a name.”
“Common sense will tell us, that the power which hath endeavored to subdue us, is of all others, the most improper to defend us. Conquest may be effected under the pretense of friendship; and ourselves, after a long and brave resistance, be at last cheated into slavery.”
“For myself, I fully and conscientiously believe, that it is the will of the Almighty, that there should be diversity of religious opinions among us: It affords a larger field for our Christian kindness.”