“There is something exceedingly ridiculous in the composition of monarchy…

“There is something exceedingly ridiculous in the composition of monarchy; it first excludes a man from the means of information, yet empowers him to act in cases where the highest judgment is required. The state of a king shuts him from the world, yet the business of a king requires him to know it thoroughly; …

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“The malignant mind; like the jaundiced eye…

“The malignant mind; like the jaundiced eye, sees everything through a false medium of its own creating. The light of heaven appears stained with yellow to the distempered sight of the one, and the fairest actions have the form of crimes in the venomed imagination of the other…”—Thomas Paine, 1803

“[America is,] in Thomas Paine’s words, ‘an asylum for mankind,'” — John McCain, 1996

“After independence and union, perhaps the most important accomplishment of America’s founding generation was the preparation of the country to become, in Thomas Paine’s words, ‘an asylum for mankind,’ an unprecedented land of immigrants. The epic migration that followed has no parallel in history and its impact on our national development is impossible to overestimate. …

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