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Thomas Paine’s Common Sense

Date of publication: 2017-09-04 03:14

These, you say, are the maxims of common prudence, and discretion what every parent inculcates on his child, and what every man of sense pursues in the course of life, which he has chosen.—What is it then you desire more? Do you come to a philosopher as to a cunning man , to learn something by magic or witchcraft, beyond what can be known by common prudence and discretion?———Yes we come to a philosopher to be instructed, how we shall chuse our ends, more than the means for attaining these ends: We want to know what desire we shall gratify, what passion we shall comply with, what appetite we shall indulge. As to the rest, we trust to common sense, and the general maxims of the world for our instruction.

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