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Quotation for Today-Sunday, 31 August 2008


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Adam regards this quotation as especially apposite at the present time, given the circumstances obatining in NZ politics at presentg

A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.

Thomas Paine (Thetford, England, 29 January 1737 – 8 June 1809, New York City, U.S.) was an English pamphleteer, revolutionary, radical, inventor and intellectual. He lived and worked in Britain until the age of 37, when he migrated to the American colonies just in time to take part in the American Revolution. His main contribution was as the author of the powerful, widely read pamphlet, Common Sense (1776), advocating independence for the American Colonies from the Kingdom of Great Britain, and of The American Crisis, a series of pamphlets distributed between 1776-1783 that supported the Revolution.

Later, Paine was a great influence on the French Revolution. He wrote the Rights of Man (1791) as a guide to the ideas of the Enlightenment.

Thomas Paine


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