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Thomas Paine Quote: “Titles are but nicknames, and every nickname is a title. The thing is perfectly harmless in itself, but it marks a sort of foppery in the human character, which degrades it.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Let them call me rebel, I feel no concern from it.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “It is only by the exercise of reason that man can discover God.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “It is the fable of Jesus Christ, as told in the New Testament, and the wild and visionary doctrine raised thereon, against which I contend. The story, taking it as it is told, is blasphemously obscene.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “But such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “To believe that God created a plurality of worlds, at least as numerous as what we call stars, renders the Christian faith at once little and ridiculous; and scatters it in the mind like feathers in the air.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Reason and Ignorance, the opposites of each other, influence the great bulk of mankind. If either of these can be rendered sufficiently extensive in a country, the machinery of Government goes easily on. Reason obeys itself; and Ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “The reformation was preceded by the discovery of America, as if the Almighty graciously meant to open a sanctuary to the persecuted in future years, when home should afford neither friendship nor safety.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “To establish any mode to abolish war, however advantageous it might be to Nations, would be to take from such Government the most lucrative of its branches.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “The balance of power is the scale of peace. The same balance would be preserved were all the world not destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside... Horrid mischief would ensue were one half the world deprived of the use of them... the weak will become prey to the strong.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “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 Quote: “Every age and generation must be as free to act for itself in all cases as the ages and generations which preceded it. The vanity and presumption of governing beyond the grave is the most ridiculous and insolent of all tyrannies.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “’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 Quote: “The right of voting for representatives is the primary right by which other rights are protected. To take away this right is to reduce a man to slavery, for slavery consists in being subject to the will of another, and he that has not a vote in the election of representatives is in this case.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Men did not make the earth. It is the value of the improvements only, and not the earth itself, that is individual property. Every proprietor owes to the community a ground rent for the land which he holds.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “The Christian church has set up a religion of pomp and revenue in pretended imitation of a person (Jesus) who lived a life of poverty.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “The idea of hereditary legislators is as inconsistent as that of hereditary judges, or hereditary juries; and as absurd as an hereditary mathematician, or an hereditary wise man; and as ridiculous as an hereditary poet-laureate.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Some writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins... Society is in every state a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving, it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “One good schoolmaster is of more use than a hundred priests.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Government without a constitution, is a power without a right.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. 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 Quote: “It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Mystery is the antagonist of truth. It is a fog of human invention, that obscures truth, and represents it in distortion.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Human language is local and changeable, and is therefore incapable of being used as the means of unchangeable and universal information.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Let it be told to the future world, that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive, the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet and to repulse it.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “The more men have to lose, the less willing are they to venture.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “I call not upon a few, but upon all: not on this state or that state, but on every state; up and help us; lay your shoulders to the wheel; better have too much force than too little, when so great an object is at stake.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “The protection of a man’s person is more sacred than the protection of his property.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Now is the seedtime of continental union, faith and honor. The least fracture now, will be like a name engraved with the point of a pin on the tender rind of a young oak; the wound would enlarge with the tree, and posterity read in it full grown characters.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “When all other rights are taken away, the right of rebellion is made perfect.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “When the tongue or the pen is let loose in a frenzy of passion, it is the man, and not the subject, that becomes exhausted.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “You cannot undermine police authority and then complain about rising crime.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Men who look upon themselves born to reign, and others to obey, soon grow insolent; selected from the rest of mankind their minds are early poisoned by importance.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “It has been the political career of this man to begin with hypocrisy, proceed with arrogance, and finish with contempt.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “There is something in corruption which, like a jaundiced eye, transfers the color of itself to the object it looks upon, and sees everything stained and impure.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Lay then the axe to the root, and teach governments humanity. It is their sanguinary punishments which corrupt mankind.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Wisdom is not the purchase of a day, and it is no wonder that we should err at the first setting off.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Peace, which costs nothing, is attended with infinitely more advantage than any victory with all its expence.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “I have always strenuously supported the right of every man to his own opinion, however different that opinion might be to mine. He who denies to another this right, makes a slave of himself to his present opinion, because he precludes himself the right of changing it.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “And as to you, Sir, treacherous in private friendship and a hypocrite in public life, the world will be puzzled to decide whether you are an apostate or an impostor; whether you have abandoned good principles, or whether you ever had any.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Beware the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Could the straggling thoughts of individuals be collected, they would frequently form materials for wise and able men to improve into useful matter.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “We fight not to enslave, but to set a country free, and to make room upon the earth for honest men to live in.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “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 Quote: “The nearer any disease approaches to a crisis, the nearer it is to a cure. Danger and deliverance make their advances together; and it is only in the last push that one or the other takes the lead.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “The moral duty of man consists of imitating the moral goodness and beneficence of God, manifested in the creation towards all his creatures. Everything of persecution and revenge between man and man, and everything of cruelty to animals is a violation of moral duty.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Time makes more converts than reason.”
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