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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Common Sense by Thomas Paine

Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages are not sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favor; a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises a formidable outcry in defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason.

In the following pages I offer nothing more than simple facts, plain arguments and common sense; and have no other preliminaries to settle with the reader; than that he will divest himself of prejudice and prepossession, and suffer to his reason and his feelings to determine for themselves; that he will put on, or rather that he will not put off, the true character of a man, and generally enlarge his views beyond the present day.

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