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NUMBER: 1072
AUTHOR: Thomas Paine (1737–1809)
QUOTATION: He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.
ATTRIBUTION: THOMAS PAINE, “Dissertation on First Principles of Government,” The Writings of Thomas Paine, ed. Moncure D. Conway, vol. 3, p. 277 (1895). Originally published in 1795.