Saturday, August 02, 2003

I'll be away for a while. Make yourself at home. I chose to leave you with some Thomas Paine quotes.
It was a bit of a game for me. I picked the quotes out at random....eyes closed...pointing to a random open page.
They were found by chance....yet the words he spoke so long ago have special meaning today. Read them for yourself and see if you don't agree.

"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death. My own line of reasoning is to myself as straight and clear as a ray of light...."

"I have been tender in raising the cry against these men, and used numberless arguments to show them their danger, but it will not do to sacrifice a world either to their folly or their baseness.
The period is now arrived, in which either they or we must change our sentiments, or one or both must fall."

Thomas Paine / American Crisis / Tract I