“Freedom had been hunted round the globe; reason was considered as rebellion; and the slavery of fear had made men afraid to think.
But such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.”
–Paine, Thomas. Rights of Man Part the Second: Combining Principle and Practice. “Introduction.” 1792. (Cited from 2nd and 3rd paragraphs of “Introduction.”)
[Please note that the above quote is incredibly-often wrongly cited as coming from part one: Rights of Man: Being an Answer to Mr. Burke’s Attack on the French Revolution. 1791. “Part the Second,” a separate pamphlet, was published the following year. It’s easy to look up the primary source. Why so many, including famous authors and their publishers, don’t do so is disturbing.]