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Thomas Paine Quote: “The World is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.”

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

— Thomas Paine



Thomas Paine Quote: “The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”

The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.

— Thomas Paine


Thomas Paine Quote: “The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark.”

The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark.

— Thomas Paine


Thomas Paine Quote: “The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow.”

The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow.

— Thomas Paine


Thomas Paine Quote: “To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.”

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

— Thomas Paine


Thomas Paine Quote: “If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.”

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

— Thomas Paine


Thomas Paine Quote: “He who dares not offend cannot be honest.”

He who dares not offend cannot be honest.

— Thomas Paine


Thomas Paine Quote: “Character is much easier kept than recovered.”

Character is much easier kept than recovered.

— Thomas Paine


Thomas Paine Quote: “The cunning of the fox is as murderous as the violence of the wolf.”

The cunning of the fox is as murderous as the violence of the wolf.

— Thomas Paine


Thomas Paine Quote: “These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in the crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it NOW, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”

These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in the crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it NOW, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.

— Thomas Paine


Thomas Paine Quote: “It is not in numbers, but in unity, that our great strength lies.”

It is not in numbers, but in unity, that our great strength lies.

— Thomas Paine


Thomas Paine Quote: “The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.”

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

— Thomas Paine


Thomas Paine Quote: “Man must go back to nature for information.”

Man must go back to nature for information.

— Thomas Paine


Thomas Paine Quote: “Independence is my happiness, and I view things as they are, without regard to place or person; my country is the world, and my religion is to do good.”

Independence is my happiness, and I view things as they are, without regard to place or person; my country is the world, and my religion is to do good.

— Thomas Paine


Thomas Paine Quote: “The balance of power is the scale of peace.”

The balance of power is the scale of peace.

— Thomas Paine


Thomas Paine Quote: “Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us.”

Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us.

— Thomas Paine


Thomas Paine Quote: “These are the times that try men’s souls.”

These are the times that try men’s souls.

— Thomas Paine


Thomas Paine Quote: “What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value.”

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

— Thomas Paine


Thomas Paine Quote: “A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.”

A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.

— Thomas Paine


Thomas Paine Quote: “Where knowledge is a duty, ignorance is a crime.”

Where knowledge is a duty, ignorance is a crime.

— Thomas Paine


Thomas Paine Quote: “In Deism our reason and our belief become happily united. The wonderful structure of the universe, and everything we behold in the system of the creation, prove to us, far better than books can do, the existence of a God, and at the same time proclaim His attributes.”

In Deism our reason and our belief become happily united. The wonderful structure of the universe, and everything we behold in the system of the creation, prove to us, far better than books can do, the existence of a God, and at the same time proclaim His attributes.

— Thomas Paine


Thomas Paine Quote: “That which we obtain too easily, we esteem too lightly.”

That which we obtain too easily, we esteem too lightly.

— Thomas Paine


Thomas Paine Quote: “To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason, and whose philosophy consists in holding humanity in contempt, is like administering medicine to the dead, or endeavoring to convert an atheist by scripture.”

To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason, and whose philosophy consists in holding humanity in contempt, is like administering medicine to the dead, or endeavoring to convert an atheist by scripture.

— Thomas Paine


Thomas Paine Quote: “My country is wherever liberty lives.”

My country is wherever liberty lives.

— Thomas Paine


Thomas Paine Quote: “We have it in our power to begin the world over again.”

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

— Thomas Paine


Thomas Paine Quote: “Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man.”

Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man.

— Thomas Paine


Thomas Paine Quote: “The duty of a patriot is to protect his country from its government.”

The duty of a patriot is to protect his country from its government.

— Thomas Paine


Thomas Paine Quote: “Youth is the seed time of good habits, as well in nations as in individuals.”

Youth is the seed time of good habits, as well in nations as in individuals.

— Thomas Paine


Thomas Paine Quote: “When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon.”

When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon.

— Thomas Paine


Thomas Paine Quote: “The Deist needs none of those tricks and shows called miracles to confirm his faith, for what can be a greater miracle than the creation itself, and his own existence?”

The Deist needs none of those tricks and shows called miracles to confirm his faith, for what can be a greater miracle than the creation itself, and his own existence?

— Thomas Paine


Thomas Paine Quote: “The Christian religion is a parody on the worship of the sun, in which they put a man called Christ in the place of the sun, and pay him the adoration originally payed to the sun.”

The Christian religion is a parody on the worship of the sun, in which they put a man called Christ in the place of the sun, and pay him the adoration originally payed to the sun.

— Thomas Paine


Thomas Paine Quote: “Commerce diminishes the spirit, both of patriotism and military defence.”

Commerce diminishes the spirit, both of patriotism and military defence.

— Thomas Paine


Thomas Paine Quote: “What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated.”

What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated.

— Thomas Paine


Thomas Paine Quote: “A Democracy is the most vile form of government there is!”

A Democracy is the most vile form of government there is!

— Thomas Paine


Thomas Paine Quote: “It is the duty of every true Deist to vindicate the moral justice of God against the evils of the Bible.”

It is the duty of every true Deist to vindicate the moral justice of God against the evils of the Bible.

— Thomas Paine


Thomas Paine Quote: “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. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason.”

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. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason.

— Thomas Paine


Thomas Paine Quote: “I believe in one God, and no more; and I hope for happiness beyond this life.”

I believe in one God, and no more; and I hope for happiness beyond this life.

— Thomas Paine


Thomas Paine Quote: “As to the book called the bible, it is blasphemy to call it the Word of God. It is a book of lies and contradictions and a history of bad times and bad men.”

As to the book called the bible, it is blasphemy to call it the Word of God. It is a book of lies and contradictions and a history of bad times and bad men.

— Thomas Paine


Thomas Paine Quote: “Men should not petition for rights, but take them.”

Men should not petition for rights, but take them.

— Thomas Paine


Thomas Paine Quote: “Nothing, they say is more certain than death, and nothing more uncertain than the time of dying.”

Nothing, they say is more certain than death, and nothing more uncertain than the time of dying.

— Thomas Paine


Thomas Paine Quote: “My mind is my own church.”

My mind is my own church.

— Thomas Paine


Thomas Paine Quote: “Our greatest enemies, the ones we must fight most often, are within.”

Our greatest enemies, the ones we must fight most often, are within.

— Thomas Paine


Thomas Paine Quote: “Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.”

Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.

— Thomas Paine


Thomas Paine Quote: “I would not dare so dishonor my Creator’s name by attaching it to this filthy book.”

I would not dare so dishonor my Creator’s name by attaching it to this filthy book.

— Thomas Paine


Thomas Paine Quote: “Christianity is the strangest religion ever set up, for it committed a murder upon Jesus in order to redeem mankind from the sin of eating an apple.”

Christianity is the strangest religion ever set up, for it committed a murder upon Jesus in order to redeem mankind from the sin of eating an apple.

— Thomas Paine


Thomas Paine Quote: “What is it the Bible teaches us? – raping, cruelty, and murder. What is it the New 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.”

What is it the Bible teaches us? – raping, cruelty, and murder. What is it the New 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


Thomas Paine Quote: “Society is produced by our wants and government by our wickedness.”

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

— Thomas Paine


Thomas Paine Quote: “The study of theology, as it stands in the Christian churches, is the study of nothing.”

The study of theology, as it stands in the Christian churches, is the study of nothing.

— Thomas Paine


Thomas Paine Quote: “Government is a necessary evil.”

Government is a necessary evil.

— Thomas Paine


Thomas Paine Quote: “The creation is the Bible of the Deist. He there reads, in the handwriting of the Creator himself, the certainty of His existence and the immutability of His power, and all other Bibles and Testaments are to him forgeries.”

The creation is the Bible of the Deist. He there reads, in the handwriting of the Creator himself, the certainty of His existence and the immutability of His power, and all other Bibles and Testaments are to him forgeries.

— Thomas Paine

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