Thomas Paine quote about loss from Common Sense - The more men have to lose, the less willing are they to venture.
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The more men have to lose, the less willing are they to venture.
 Thomas Paine, Common Sense (1776). copy citation

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

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“And history sufficiently informs us, that the bravest achievements were always accomplished in the non-age of a nation. With the increase of commerce, England hath lost its spirit. The city of London, notwithstanding its numbers, submits to continued insults with the patience of a coward. The more men have to lose, the less willing are they to venture. The rich are in general slaves to fear, and submit to courtly power with the trembling duplicity of a Spaniel.
126 Youth is the seed time of good habits, as well in nations as in individuals. It might be difficult, if not impossible, to form the Continent into one government half a century hence.” source

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