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First Principles: It Is Error Only, and Not Truth, That Shrinks From Inquiry

“It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry.”  – Thomas Paine, philosopher and writer (9 Feb 1737-1809)    

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First Principles: A Little Matter Will Move A Party, But, It Must Be Something Great That Moves A Nation

“A little matter will move a party, but it must be something great that moves a nation.” – Thomas Paine (1792)    

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First Principle: At Its Best, Government Is A Necessary Evil; At Its Worse, An Intolerable One

“Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.” – Thomas Paine    

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First Principles: We Must Keep United To Attain Our Objectives Or Become An Easy Conquest

“If we move in mass, be it ever so circuitously, we shall attain our object; but if we break into squads, everyone pursuing the path he thinks most direct, we become an easy conquest to those who can now barely … Continue reading

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First Principles: When Planning For Posterity, Remember That Virtue Is Not Hereditary

“When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.” – Thomas Paine (1776)    

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First Principles: Virtue Is Not Hereditary

“When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.” – Thomas Paine (1776)    

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First Principle: Beware the Greedy Hand of Government Thrusting Itself Into Every Corner and Crevice of Industry

“Beware the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry.” – Thomas Paine    

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First Principles: The Harder the Conflict, the More Glorious the Triumph

“The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” – Thomas Paine      

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Thought For the Day: In Planning For Posterity, It Is Important To Remember That Virtue Is Not Hereditary

“When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.” – Thomas Paine    

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First Principles: Freedom Requires Those Willing to Undergo the Rigors of Supporting It

“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.” – Thomas Paine, The American Crisis, No. 4, September 11, 1777    

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