Thomas Paine quote about wisdom from Common Sense - Could the straggling thoughts of individuals be collected, they would frequently form materials for wise and able men to improve into useful matter.
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Could the straggling thoughts of individuals be collected, they would frequently form materials for wise and able men to improve into useful matter.
 Thomas Paine, Common Sense (1776). copy citation

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Author Thomas Paine
Source Common Sense
Topic wisdom improvement thoughts
Date 1776
Language English
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/147/147-h/147-h.htm

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“Men do not see their way out—Wherefore, as an opening into that business, I offer the following hints; at the same time modestly affirming, that I have no other opinion of them myself, than that they may be the means of giving rise to something better. Could the straggling thoughts of individuals be collected, they would frequently form materials for wise and able men to improve into useful matter.
97 Let the assemblies be annual, with a President only. The representation more equal. Their business wholly domestic, and subject to the authority of a Continental Congress.
98 Let each colony be divided into six, eight, or ten, convenient districts, each district to send a proper number of delegates to Congress, so that each colony send at least thirty.” source

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