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Thomas Paine

February 09, 1737 - June 08, 1809
"We repose an unwise confidence in any government, or in any men, when we invest them officially with too much, or an unnecessary quantity of, discretionary power; for though we might clearly confide in almost any man of the present age, yet we ought ever to remember that virtue is not hereditary either in the office or in the persons."source: "A Serious Address to the People of Pennsylvania" 1778.power, government, corruption, virtue

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