Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Thomas Paine (17371809)
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.
THOMAS PAINE, The Crisis, no. 1, The Writings of Thomas Paine, ed. Moncure D. Conway, vol. 1, p. 170 (1894).