Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Thomas Paine (17371809)
I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.
THOMAS PAINE, The Crisis, no. 1, The Writings of Thomas Paine, ed. Moncure D. Conway, vol. 1, p. 176 (1894).