“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must undergo the fatigue of supporting it.” – Thomas Paine, 1777
I just read this for the first time and felt I needed to share it. In today’s world Paine’s quote could be warped or distorted into justification for the war in Iraq. But his timing was the revolutionary era, place it with another famous quote often attributed to Ben Franklin and I believe you’ll understand the true tone of the time.
“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty or safety”