Quotation by Thomas Paine

He is not affected by the reality of distress touching his heart, but by the showy resemblance of it striking his imagination. He pities the plumage, but forgets the dying bird.
Thomas Paine (1737–1809), Anglo-American political theorist, writer. "Rights of Man," pt. 1, The Rights of Man (1791).

Of Edmund Burke à propos his essay Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790).
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