Thomas Paine Quotes

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Born: February 9, 1737,
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Died: , June 8, 1809
Occupation: Author

1.
A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue but moderation in principle is always a vice.
- Thomas Paine

2.
All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.
- Thomas Paine

3.
Any system of religion that has anything in it that shocks the mind of a child, cannot be true.
- Thomas Paine

4.
Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man.
- Thomas Paine

5.
But such is the irresistable nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants is the liberty of appearing.
- Thomas Paine

6.
Every religion is good that teaches man to be good and I know of none that instructs him to be bad.
- Thomas Paine

7.
Every science has for its basis a system of principles as fixed and unalterable as those by which the universe is regulated and governed. Man cannot make principles he can only discover them.
- Thomas Paine

8.
Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil in its worst state, an intolerable one.
- Thomas Paine

9.
He that rebels against reason is a real rebel, but he that in defence of reason rebels against tyranny has a better title to Defender of the Faith, than George the Third.
- Thomas Paine

10.
He who is the author of a war lets loose the whole contagion of hell and opens a vein that bleeds a nation to death.
- Thomas Paine

11.
Human nature is not of itself vicious.
- Thomas Paine

12.
I believe in the equality of man and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow-creatures happy.
- Thomas Paine

13.
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

14.
I prefer peace. But if trouble must come, let it come in my time, so that my children can live in peace.
- Thomas Paine

15.
If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.
- Thomas Paine

16.
Is it not a species of blasphemy to call the New Testament revealed religion, when we see in it such contradictions and absurdities.
- Thomas Paine

17.
It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry.
- Thomas Paine

18.
It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving, it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe.
- Thomas Paine

19.
It is not a God, just and good, but a devil, under the name of God, that the Bible describes.
- Thomas Paine

20.
My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.
- Thomas Paine

21.
One good schoolmaster is of more use than a hundred priests.
- Thomas Paine

22.
Persecution is not an original feature in any religion but it is always the strongly marked feature of all religions established by law.
- Thomas Paine

23.
Reputation is what men and women think of us character is what God and angels know of us.
- Thomas Paine

24.
Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best stage, is but a necessary evil in its worst state an intolerable one.
- Thomas Paine

25.
Suspicion is the companion of mean souls, and the bane of all good society.
- Thomas Paine

26.
That God cannot lie, is no advantage to your argument, because it is no proof that priests can not, or that the Bible does not.
- Thomas Paine

27.
The greatest remedy for anger is delay.
- Thomas Paine

28.
The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.
- Thomas Paine

29.
The instant formal government is abolished, society begins to act. A general association takes place, and common interest produces common security.
- Thomas Paine

30.
The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.
- Thomas Paine

31.
The strength and power of despotism consists wholly in the fear of resistance.
- Thomas Paine

32.
The World is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.
- Thomas Paine

33.
There are matters in the Bible, said to be done by the express commandment of God, that are shocking to humanity and to every idea we have of moral justice.
- Thomas Paine

34.
These are the times that try men's souls.
- Thomas Paine

35.
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.
- Thomas Paine

36.
Those who want to reap the benefits of this great nation must bear the fatigue of supporting it.
- Thomas Paine

37.
Time makes more converts than reason.
- Thomas Paine

38.
To establish any mode to abolish war, however advantageous it might be to Nations, would be to take from such Government the most lucrative of its branches.
- Thomas Paine

39.
To say that any people are not fit for freedom, is to make poverty their choice, and to say they had rather be loaded with taxes than not.
- Thomas Paine

40.
War involves in its progress such a train of unforeseen circumstances that no human wisdom can calculate the end it has but one thing certain, and that is to increase taxes.
- Thomas Paine

41.
We have it in our power to begin the world over again.
- Thomas Paine

42.
When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon.
- Thomas Paine

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