"Time makes more converts than reason."
Thomas Paine
(1737-1809) US Founding father, pamphleteer, author
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Let us not imply that this means that given enough time, all will turn out for the best whether we do the right thing or not. I understand it to mean that time-honored customs often lead the unquestioning masses in unreasonable directions.
 -- E Archer, NYC     
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    E Archer, I think you nailed it.
     -- jim k, Austin     
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    Archer, excellent. If you get beat-up long enough with no actual fault, no matter the reasoning, soon, conversion to another outcome is sought.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Time, our lifetime companion, is no more a matter of passing hours, days, years, but a moment, and each moment is time to change. The making of our Universe, short of a millisecond, would change all that; so time is not important - what is important is the moment and what we do it. I'll give it five for it's other meaning.
     -- RBESRQ     
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    I think that my good friend Thomas is trying to acquire the simple fact that if a ritual is done for quite some time then people are used to it and do not want to rebel. BUT THE DAY WILL COME.
     -- Jenna Tolls, D.C.     
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