Thomas Paine quote about necessity from Common Sense - Immediate necessity makes many things convenient, which if continued would grow into oppressions. Expedience and right are different things.
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Immediate necessity makes many things convenient, which if continued would grow into oppressions. Expedience and right are different things.
 Thomas Paine, Common Sense (1776). copy citation

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Author Thomas Paine
Source Common Sense
Topic necessity right oppression expedience
Date 1776
Language English
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/147/147-h/147-h.htm

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“A set of instructions for the Delegates were put together, which in point of sense and business would have dishonoured a schoolboy, and after being approved by a few, a very few without doors, were carried into the House, and there passed in behalf of the whole colony; whereas, did the whole colony know, with what ill-will that House hath entered on some necessary public measures, they would not hesitate a moment to think them unworthy of such a trust.
132 Immediate necessity makes many things convenient, which if continued would grow into oppressions. Expedience and right are different things. When the calamities of America required a consultation, there was no method so ready, or at that time so proper, as to appoint persons from the several Houses of Assembly for that purpose; and the wisdom with which they have proceeded hath preserved this continent from ruin.” source

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