Well what do you know!
I found it...slightly modified, but definitely the quote you're
looking for, and by none other than Mr. Thomas Paine:
Thomas Paine, 1737-1809
The Rights of Man
Part The First
Being An Answer To Mr. Burke's Attack On The French Revolution
"Man is not the enemy of man, but through the medium of a false system
The site I mentioned earlier that attributes the quote to Hobbes is here:
but as I said, the quote it not specifically referenced, and I saw no
such quote in a search of Hobbes' works
I trust this information fully answers your question, but if there's
anything else I can do for you, just let me know by posting a Request
for Clarification, and I'm at your service.
Search strategy -- Searched both Google and ebrary.com for: [ "false government" ]
Clarification of Answer by
26 Jun 2006 08:49 PDT
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