We can only reason from what is; we can reason on actualities, but not on possibilities.
More Quotes from Thomas Paine:My own mind is my own church.
Any system of religion that has anything in it that shocks the mind of a child, cannot be true.
The greatest remedy for anger is delay.
Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property... Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them.
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.
It is with a pious fraud as with a bad action it begets a calamitous necessity of going on.
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The fate of the singers who, like my songs, went up in flame was also the fate of the books which I later wrote. All of them went up in flame to Heaven in a fire which broke out one night at my home in Bad Homburg as I lay ill in a hospital.
Shmuel Y. Agnon
I was very much in my room with my marionette stage, you know, creating these incredibly boring things that I felt were so fascinating, and forcing my relatives to come, and charging money for them to see my little productions.
Walk a mile in my shoes is good advice. Our children will learn to respect others if they are used to imagining themselves in another's place.