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Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine (29 January 1737 - 8 June 1809) was a British-American political writer, theorist, and activist.
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When my country, into which I had just set my foot, was set on fire about my ears, it was time to stir. It was time for every man to stir.

Thomas Paine

It is the duty of every patriot to protect his country from its government.

Thomas Paine

Such is the irresistible nature of truth that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.

Thomas Paine

Better fare hard with good men than feast it with bad.

Thomas Paine

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

Thomas Paine

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

It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry.

Thomas Paine

He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.

Thomas Paine

The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.

Thomas Paine

He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.

Thomas Paine

But where, says some, is the king of America? I’ll tell you friend, he reigns above, and doth not make havoc of mankind like the royal brute of Britain, Yet that we may not appear to be defective even in earthly honors, let a day be solemnly set apart for proclaiming the charter; let it be brought forth placed on the divine law, the word of God; let a crown be place thereon, by which the world may know, that so far as we approve of monarchy, that in America THE LAW IS KING. For as in absolute governments the King is law, so in free countries the law ought to be king; and there ought to be no other.

Thomas Paine

Human nature is not of itself vicious.

Thomas Paine

Society is produced by our wants and government by our wickedness.

Thomas Paine

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

Thomas Paine

One good schoolmaster is of more use than a hundred priests.

Thomas Paine

When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.

Thomas Paine

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

We have it in our power to begin the world over again.

Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Thomas Paine

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

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.

Thomas Paine

I fear not, I see not reason for fear. In the end we will be the victors. For though at times the flame of liberty may cease to shine, the ember will never expire.

Thomas Paine

Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation is principle is always a vice.

Thomas Paine

Honest men are the soft, easy cushions on which knaves repose and fatten.

Thomas Paine

The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. 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
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