The Statewide Newspaper in Education Program

of the New Jersey Newspaper Foundation

 
Thomas Paine Serial
     

NIE Home Page

New Jersey NIE Web Pages

Committee Meetings

Committee Members

National NIE Resources

Copyright 2007 New Jersey Newspaper Foundation. All Rights Reserved.


Excerpts from Common Sense


There is something absurd, in supposing a continent to be perpetually governed by an island.


Where, instead of gazing at each other with suspicious or doubtful curiosity, let each of us hold out to his neighbor the hearty hand of friendship, and united in drawing a line, which like an act of oblivious, shall bury in forgetfulness every former dissention]. And let none other be heard among us, than those of a good citizen; an open and resolute friend; and a virtuous supporter of the rights of mankind and of the free and independent states of America.


In free countries the law ought to be king ... a government of our own is our natural right.


The sun never shone on a cause of greater worth. Now is the seedtime of continental union, faith and honor. This new world hath been the asylum for the persecuted lovers of civil and religious liberty from every part of Europe. The time hath found us. We have it in our power to begin the world over again. The birthday of a new world is at hand, independence is the only bond that tie and keep us together.


The King is not to be trusted without being looked after. The less business there is for a king, of more worth is one honest man to society.


Return to the Table of Contents