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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 2035
AUTHOR: Thomas Paine (1737–1809)
QUOTATION: We have it in our power to begin the world over again.
ATTRIBUTION: THOMAS PAINE, “Common Sense,” conclusion, The Complete Writings of Thomas Paine, ed. Philip S. Foner, vol. 1, p. 45 (1945). Originally published in 1776.

President Ronald Reagan quoted these words in a televised presidential campaign debate with Walter F. Mondale, October 7, 1984.