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CELESTIAL FREEDOM


In 1776 Thomas Paine stirred the land with these words:


"These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands now deserves the love and thanks of man and women. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheep, we esteem too lightly; "tis dearness only that gives everything its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price on its goods; and it would be strange indeed, if so celestial an article as Freedom should not be highly rated."


SOURCE: 1776 Thomas Paine. Citation from http://www.trinitycathedral.org/Sermons/11111ser.htm

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