The Political Writings of Thomas Paine: To which is Prefixed a Brief Sketch of the Author's Life, Volume 1

J. P. Mendum, 1870
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Página 75 - times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the 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. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered ; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.
Página 27 - but we will have a king over us, that we may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us, and go out before us and fight our battles. Samuel continued to reason with them, but to no purpose ; he set before them their ingratitude, but
Página 27 - you; he will take your sons and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen, and some shall run before his chariots (this description agrees with the present mode of impressing men) and he will appoint him captaiis over thousands, and captains over fifties, and will set them to ear
Página 368 - and is as follows: I. That all men are born equally free and independent, and have certain natural, inherent and unalienable rights, amongst which are, the enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing and protecting properly, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety.
Página 369 - a right to bear arms for the defence of themselves and the state—and as standing armies, in the time of peace, are dangerous to liberty, they ought not to be kept up—and that the military should be kept under a strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power. XIV. That a frequent recurrence to fundamental
Página 289 - interest, and the security of our colonies, that the several nations or tribes of Indians, with whom we are connected, and who live under our protection, should not be molested or disturbed in the possession of such parts of our dominions and territories, as, not having been ceded to, or purchased by us, are reserved to them or any of them
Página 40 - proper objects for kingdoms to take under their care ; but there is something absurd, in supposing a continent to be perpetually governed by an island. In no instance hath nature made the satellite larger than its primary planet; and as England and America, with respect to each other,
Página 32 - nation, they withdraw from the scene, and leave their successors to tread the same useless and idle round. In absolute monarchies the whole weight of business, civil and military, lies on the king ; the children of Israel in their request for a king urged this plea, " that he may judge us, and go out before us and fight our battles.
Página 34 - ancient prejudices, and made large sacrifices to superstition. We have boasted the protection of Great Britain, without considering, that her motive was interest not attachment; and that she did not protect us from our enemies on our account, but from her enemies on her own account, from those who had no quarrel
Página 33 - seed-time of continental union, faith and honor. The least fracture now will be like a name engraved with the point of a pin on the tender rind of a young oak ; the wound will enlarge with the tree, and posterity read it in full grown characters. By referring the matter from argument to arms, a new area