Thomas Paine Quotes (51 quotations)

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

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

28. That government is best which governs least. - Thomas Paine

29. The abilities of man must fall short on one side or the other, like too scanty a blanket when you are abed. If you pull it upon your shoulders, your feet are left bare; if you thrust it down to your feet, your shoulders are uncovered. - Thomas Paine

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

31. 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

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

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

34. The Vatican is a dagger in the heart of Italy. - Thomas Paine

35. The whole religious complexion of the modern world is due to the absence from Jerusalem of a lunatic asylum. - Thomas Paine

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

37. There are two distinct classes of what are called thoughts: those that we produce in ourselves by reflection and the act of thinking and those that bolt into the mind of their own accord. - Thomas Paine

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

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

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

41. 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

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

43. 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

44. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. - Thomas Paine

45. Virtues are acquired through endeavor, Which rests wholly upon yourself. So, to praise others for their virtues Can but encourage one's own efforts. - Thomas Paine

46. We can only reason from what is; we can reason on actualities, but not on possibilities. - Thomas Paine

47. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. - Thomas Paine

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

49. 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

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

51. Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and torturous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness, with which more than half the bible is filled, it would seem more consistent that we called it the word of a demon than the Word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind. - Thomas Paine

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