Virtues are acquired through endeavor, Which rests wholly upon yourself. So, to praise others for their virtues Can but encourage one's own efforts.
More Quotes from Thomas Paine:Man is not the enemy of Man, but through the medium of a false system of government.
He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.
My own mind is my own church.
We have it in our power to begin the world over again.
Suspicion is the companion of mean souls, and the bane of all good society.
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I do not believe that sheer suffering teaches. If suffering alone taught, all the world would be wise, since everyone suffers. To suffering must be added mourning, understanding, patience, love, openness and the willingness to remain vulnerable.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion.
The totally convinced and the totally stupid have too much in common for the resemblance to be accidental.
Robert Anton Wilson