Common Place Book Entry 3


“What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value.” -Thomas Paine

Root Sentence:

What we obtain cheap, we esteem lightly; dearness gives everything value.

The words that I’ve taken out here give the sentence qualifiers. They impress upon the reader the extremes of the point that Paine is trying to articulate. Without the filler words like “too” and “only” the sentence looses its power of conviction.



When we change views, we judge too harshly; it is opinions on that gives discourse its quality.

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