• For all men being originally equals, no one by birth could have the right to set up his own family in perpetual preference to all others forever, and tho' himself might deserve some decent degree of honours of his cotemporaries, yet his descendants might be far too unworthy to inherit them.

    Thomas Paine (2011). “Common Sense: With the Whole Appendix: the Address to the Quakers: Also, the Large Additions”, p.20, Cambridge University Press
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