Thomas Paine Quotes (51 quotations)

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1. "What is it the Bible teaches us? - rapine, cruelty, and murder. What is it the Testament teaches us? - to believe that the Almighty committed debauchery with a woman engaged to be married, and the belief of this debauchery is called faith. - Thomas Paine

2. A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. - Thomas Paine

3. 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

4. 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

5. Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property...Horrid mischief would ensue were [the law-abiding] deprived of the use of them. - Thomas Paine

6. Better fare hard with good men than feast it with bad. - Thomas Paine

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

8. Character is much easier kept than recovered. - Thomas Paine

9. From such beginnings of governments, what could be expected, but a continual system of war and extortion? - Thomas Paine

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

11. 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

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

13. 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

14. 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

15. I would never have amounted to anything were it not for adversity. I was forced to come up the hard way. - Thomas Paine

16. Insecurity, commonly regarded as a weakness in normal people, is the basic tool of the actor's trade. - Thomas Paine

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

18. It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society. When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime. - Thomas Paine

19. It is not a field of a few acres of ground, but a cause, that we are defending, and whether we defeat the enemy in one battle, or by degrees, the consequences will be the same. - Thomas Paine

20. It is the direction and not the magnitude which is to be taken into consideration. - Thomas Paine

21. Lead, follow, or get out of the way. - Thomas Paine

22. Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice. - Thomas Paine

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

24. My mind is my own church. - Thomas Paine

25. Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it. - Thomas Paine

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