The Life of Thomas Paine: Mover of the "Declaration of Independence;" Secretary of Foreign Affairs Under the First American Congress; Members of the National Convention of France: Author of "Common Sense," "The Crisis," "Rights of Man," "Age of Reason," &c., &c.: the Man, Whose Motto Was, "The World is My Country; to Do Good, My Religion." Embracing Practical Considerations on Human Rights; Demonstrating that Man Tends Irrepressibly to Actual Freedom; and Showing a Liberty-aim Connection in the Action of the World's Three Great Author-heroes,--Rousseau, Paine, and Comte
Calvin Blanchard, 1860 - 110 páginas
This biography of American radical Thomas Paine includes details of his imprisonment in France during the French Revolution.
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Página 15 - These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.
Página 73 - But think how great a portion of mankind consists of weak and ignorant men and women, and of inexperienced inconsiderate youth of both sexes, who have need of the motives of religion to restrain them from vice, to support their virtue,, and retain them in the practice of it till it becomes habitual, which is the great point for its security.
Página 64 - I am in hopes you will find us returned generally to sentiments worthy of former times. In these it will be your glory to have steadily labored, and with as much effect as any man living. That you may long live to continue your useful labors, and to reap their reward in the thankfulness of nations, is my sincere prayer.
Página 43 - Robespierre, he was seized and imprisoned in his turn and sentenced to transportation. He has since apologized to me for having signed the warrant, by saying, he felt himself in danger and was obliged to do it.
Página 105 - CITIZEN PRESIDENT, MY hatred and abhorrence of monarchy are sufficiently known : they originate in principles of reason and conviction, nor, except with life, can they ever be extirpated ; but my compassion for the unfortunate, whether friend or enemy, is equally lively and sincere.
Página 80 - The last will and testament of me, the subscriber, Thomas Paine, reposing confidence in my Creator God, and in no other being, for I know of no other, nor believe in any other...
Página 54 - Do we want to contemplate his power? We see it in the immensity of the Creation. Do we want to contemplate his wisdom? We see it in the unchangeable order by which the incomprehensible Whole is governed. Do we want to contemplate his munificence? We see it in the abundance with which he fills the earth. Do we want to contemplate his mercy? We see it in his not withholding that abundance even from the unthankful.
Página 64 - You expressed a wish to get a passage to this country in a public vessel. Mr. Dawson is charged with orders to the captain of the Maryland...
Página 43 - Jefferson, and a good patriot, was my suppliant as member of the committee of constitution ; that is, he was to supply my place, if I had not accepted or had resigned, being next in number of votes to me. He was imprisoned in the Luxembourg with me, was taken to the tribunal and the guillotine, and I, his principal, was left. There were but two foreigners in the convention, Anacharsis Cloots and myself.