Chi ha scritto: "Questi sono i tempi che cercano le anime degli uomini"?
Thomas Paine's "L'Americano crisi" (1776), probabilmente il più eloquente di tutti gli opuscoli scritti durante "i tempi che cercano le anime degli uomini."
"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 by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated”