I understand fully the limits of moral suasion. We have no illusion that changes will come easily or soon. But I also believe that it is a mistake to undervalue the power of words and of the ideas that words embody. In our own history, that power has ranged from Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense” to …
“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
noun — worthless nonsense
If you don’t like your reflection, getting angry at the mirror probably isn’t the best course of action…
“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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Quote Source: An Essay for the Use of New Republicans in Their Opposition to Monarchy
A metaphysical man, like Mr. Burke, would have tortured his invention to discover how such a people could be governed. He would have supposed that some must be managed by fraud, others by force, and all by some contrivance; that genius must be hired to impose upon ignorance, and shew and parade to fascinate the vulgar.