- "Some writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them"
- "Society is produced by our wants, and government by wickedness; the former promotes our happiness POSITIVELY by uniting our affections, the latter NEGATIVELY by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a punisher."
- "Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one"
- "I draw my idea of the form of government from a principle in nature, which no art can overturn, viz. that the more simple any thing is, the less liable it is to be disordered, and the easier repaired when disordered"
- "There is something exceedingly ridiculous in the composition of monarchy; it first excludes a man from the means of information, yet empowers him to act in cases where the highest judgment is required. The state of a king shuts him from the world, yet the business of a king requires him to know it thoroughly"
Monday, October 31, 2011
"Common Sense" by Thomas Payne
Kindle edition here.