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         Thomas Paine, who was already known for his book, Common Sense, published his next work, The American Crisis during the winter of 1776/77 in a series of articles in newspapers. The full passage from which this quote is a segment states: "These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have the consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph."

"Thomas Paine" by George Romney
National Portrait Gallery, London, England

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