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Thomas Paine Quote: “The art of publicity is a black art; but it has come to stay, and every year adds to its potency.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “We hold the moral obligation of providing for old age, helpless infancy, and poverty is far superior to that of supplying the invented wants of courtly extravagance.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Society is produced by our wants, and government by wickedness; the former promotes our happiness positively by uniting our affections, the latter negatively by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a punisher.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “I draw my idea of the form of government from a principle in nature, which no art can overturn, viz. that the more simple any thing is, the less liable it is to be disordered; and the easier repaired when disordered...”
Thomas Paine Quote: “It is always to be taken for granted, that those who oppose an equality of rights never mean the exclusion should take place on themselves.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Mutual fear is a principal link in the chain of mutual love.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “A Constitution is not the act of a Government, but of a people constituting a government, and a government without a constitution is a power without right.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “When I contemplate the natural dignity of man; when I feel (for Nature has not been kind enough to me to blunt my feelings) for the honor and happiness of its character, I become irritated at the attempt to govern mankind by force and fraud, as if they were all knaves and fools, and can scarcely avoid disgust at those who are thus imposed upon.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “The intimacy which is contracted in infancy, and friendship which is formed in misfortune, are, of all others, the most lasting and unalterable.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “The study of theology, as it stands in Christian churches, is the study of nothing; it is founded on nothing; it rests on no principles; it proceeds by no authorities; it has no data; it can demonstrate nothing; and it admits of no conclusion.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “If, to expose the fraud and imposition of monarchy... to promote universal peace, civilization, and commerce, and to break the chains of political superstition, and raise degraded man to his proper rank; if these things be libellous... let the name of libeller be engraved on my tomb.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “For all men being originally equals, no one by birth could have the right to set up his own family in perpetual preference to all others forever, and tho’ himself might deserve some decent degree of honours of his cotemporaries, yet his descendants might be far too unworthy to inherit them.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Truth never envelops itself in mystery, and the mystery in which it is at any time enveloped is the work of its antagonist, and never of itself.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “The obscene and vulgar stories in the Bible are as repugnant to our ideas of the purity of a Divine Being, as the horrid cruelties and murders it ascribes to Him are repugnant to our ideas of His justice.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “That God cannot lie, is no advantage to your argument, because it is no proof that priests can not, or that the Bible does not.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Not all the treasures of the world, so far as I believe, could have induced me to support an offensive war, for I think it murder; but if a thief breaks into my house, burns and destroys my property, and kills or threatens to kill me, or those that are in it, and to “bind me in all cases whatsoever” to his absolute will, am I to suffer it?”
Thomas Paine Quote: “As priestcraft was always the enemy of knowledge, because priestcraft supports itself by keeping people in delusion and ignorance, it was consistent with its policy to make the acquisition of knowledge a real sin.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “The aristocracy are not the farmers who work the land, and raise the produce, but are the mere consumers of the rent; and when compared with the active world, are the drones, a seraglio of males, who neither collect the honey nor form the hive, but exist only for lazy enjoyment.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “THE WORD OF GOD IS THE CREATION WE BEHOLD: And it is in this word, which no human invention can counterfeit or alter, that God speaketh universally to man.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “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 Quote: “The stupid texts of the Bible – from which, be the talents of the preacher what they may, only stupid sermons can be preached.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “A bad cause will never be supported by bad means and bad men.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Aristocracy has a tendency to degenerate the human species.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “In a chariot of light from the region of the day, the Goddess of Liberty came. She brought in her hand as a pledge of her love, the plant she named Liberty Tree.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “The Christian system of religion is an outrage on common sense.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Action and care will in time wear down the strongest frame, but guilt and melancholy are poisons of quick dispatch.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “He who takes nature for his guide, is not easily beaten out of his argument.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “The most formidable weapon against errors of every kind is reason.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Where there are no distinctions there can be no superiority; perfect equality affords no temptation.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “We repose an unwise confidence in any government, or in any men, when we invest them officially with too much, or an unnecessary quantity of, discretionary power.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Every person of learning is finally his own teacher.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Better fare hard with good men than feast it with bad.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “The trade of governing has always been monopolized by the most ignorant and the most rascally individuals of mankind.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Any system of religion that has anything in it that shocks the mind of a child, cannot be true.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “The first was a government of priestcraft, the second of conquerors, and the third of reason.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Panics, in some cases, have their uses; they produce as much good as hurt. Their duration is always short; the mind soon grows through them and acquires a firmer habit than before. But their peculiar advantage is, that they are the touchstone of sincerity and hypocrisy, and bring things and men to light, which might have lain forever undiscovered.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “There exists in man a mass of sense lying in a dormant state, and which, unless something excites it to action, will descend with him, in that condition,to the grave.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “For freemen like brothers agree; With one spirit endured, they one friendship pursued, And their temple was Liberty Tree.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Here then is the origin and rise of government; namely, a mode rendered necessary by the inability of moral virtue to govern the world; here too is the design and end of government, viz. Freedom and security.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “There is something in meanness which excites a species of resentment that never subsides, and something in cruelty which stirs up the heart to the highest agony of human hatred.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “The most detestable wickedness, the most horrid cruelties, and the greatest miseries, that have afflicted the human race have had their origin in this thing called revelation, or revealed religion.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Oppression is often the consequence, but seldom or never the means of riches.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “A nation under a well regulated government, should permit none to remain uninstructed. It is monarchical and aristocratical government only that requires ignorance for its support.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “It is with a pious fraud as with a bad action; it begets a calamitous necessity of going on.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “War is the gambling table of governments, and citizens the dupes of the game.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Prejudice, like the spider, makes everywhere its home. It has neither taste nor choice of place, and all that it requires is room. If the one prepares her food by poisoning it to her palate and her use, the other does the same. Prejudice may be denominated the spider of the mind.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “A constitution defines and limits the powers of the government it creates. It therefore follows, as a natural and also a logical result, that the governmental exercise of any power not authorized by the constitution is an assumed power, and therefore illegal.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Some people can be reasoned into sense, and others must be shocked into it.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “The story of the redemption will not stand examination. That man should redeem himself from the sin of eating an apple by committing a murder on Jesus Christ, is the strangest system of religion ever set up.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “The graceful pride of truth knows no extremes, and preserves, in every latitude of life, the right-angled character of man.”
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