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Thomas Paine Quote: “Government is a necessary evil.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “The cause of America is in great measure the cause of all mankind.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “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 Quote: “It is the duty of every man, as far as his ability extends, to detect and expose delusion and error.”
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.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Those who expect to reap the blessing of freedom must undertake to support it.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “In Deism our reason and our belief are happily united.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “The slavery of fear had made men afraid to think.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Whatever is my right as a man is also the right of another; and it becomes my duty to guarantee as well as to possess.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “A body of men holding themselves accountable to nobody ought not to be trusted by anybody.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “The Book of Job and the 19th Psalm, which even the Church admits to be more ancient than the chronological order in which they stand in the book called the Bible, are theological orations conformable to the original system of theology.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “If I do not believe as you believe, it proves that you do not believe as I believe, and that is all that it proves.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Practical religion consists in doing good: and the only way of serving God is that of endeavoring to make His creation happy. All preaching that has not this for its object is nonsense and hypocrisy.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Of more worth is one honest man to society, and in the sight of God, than all the crowned ruffians that ever lived.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Kill the king but spare the man.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “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 Quote: “The greatest remedy for anger is delay.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “It has been the scheme of the Christian Church, and of all the other invented systems of religion, to hold man in ignorance of the Creator, as it is of Government to hold man in ignorance of his rights. The systems of the one are as false as those of the other, and are calculated for mutual support.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “To be nobly wrong is more manly than to be meanly right.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “What is called a republic, is not any particular form of government... it is naturally opposed to the word monarchy, which means arbitrary power.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “It is from the Bible that man has learned cruelty, rapine, and murder; for the belief of a cruel God makes a cruel man.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “The declaration which says that God visits the sins of the fathers upon the children is contrary to every principle of moral justice.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “The whole religious complexion of the modern world is due to the absence from Jerusalem of a lunatic asylum.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “A man does not serve God when he prays, for it is himself he is trying to serve.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “That which is now called natural philosophy, embracing the whole circle of science, of which astronomy occupies the chief place, is the study of the works of God, and of the power and wisdom of God in his works, and is the true theology.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “I believe in one God, and no more; and I hope for happiness beyond this life. I believe in the equality of humans; and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow creatures happy.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “I die in perfect composure and resignation to the will of my Creator, God.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “There is something absurd in supposing a continent to be perpetually governed by an island.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “It is the madness of folly, to expect mercy from those who have refused to do justice; and even mercy, where conquest is the object, is only a trick of war; the cunning of the fox is as murderous as the violence of the wolf.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish church, by the Roman church, by the Greek church, by the Turkish church, by the Protestant church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my own church.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “It is an affront to treat falsehood with complaisance.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Every Tory is a coward; for servile, slavish, self-interested fear is the foundation of Toryism; and a man under such influence, though he may be cruel, never can be brave.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Therefore we say that a lying Spirit has been in the mouth of the writers of the books of the Bible.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “There are two distinct classes of men – those who pay taxes and those who receive and live upon taxes.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Everything that is right or reasonable pleads for separation. The blood of the slain, the weeping voice of nature cries, ’tis time to part.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Every religion is good that teaches man to be good; and I know of none that instructs him to be bad.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “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 Quote: “Let a crown be placed thereon, by which the world may know, that so far as we approve of monarcy, 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 Quote: “Rights are not gifts from one man to another, nor from one class of men to another. It is impossible to discover any origin of rights otherwise than in the origin of man; it consequently follows that rights appertain to man in right of his existence, and must therefore be equal to every man.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “The error of those who reason by precedents drawn from antiquity, respecting the rights of man, is that they do not go far enough into antiquity.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “The birthday of a new world is at hand.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “The right of voting for representatives, is the primary right by which other rights are protected.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and tortuous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness with which more than half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistent that we call it the word of a demon than the word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize humankind.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Our citizenship in the United States is our national character. Our citizenship in any particular state is only our local distinction. By the latter we are known at home, by the former to the world. Our great title is AMERICANS...”
Thomas Paine Quote: “The strength and power of despotism consists wholly in the fear of resistance.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “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.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “It is from our enemies that we often gain excellent maxims, and are frequently surprised into reason by their mistakes.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Let them call me rebel, I feel no concern from it.”
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