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Thomas Paine Quote: “I know not whether taxes are raised to fight wars, or wars are fought in order to raise taxes.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace; and this single reflection, well applied, is sufficient to awaken every man to duty.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “There now remain only a few books, which they call books of the lesser prophets; and as I have already shown that the greater are impostors, it would be cowardice to disturb the repose of the little ones. Let them sleep, then, in the arms of their nurses, the priests, and both be forgotten together.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “I am sensible that he who means to do mankind a real service must set down with the determination of putting up, and bearing with all their faults, follies, prejudices and mistakes until he can convince them that he is right.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Man did not enter society to be worse off, or to have fewer rights, but rather to have those rights better secured.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Politics and self-interest have been so uniformly connected, that the world, from being so often deceived, has a right to be suspicious of public characters.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “They took care to represent government as a thing made up of mysteries, which only themselves understood, and they hid from the understanding of the nation, the only thing that was beneficial to know, namely, that government is nothing more than a national association acting on the principles of society.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Though avarice will prevent a man from being necessitously poor, it generally makes him too timorous to be wealthy.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Is it not a species of blasphemy to call the New Testament revealed religion, when we see in it such contradictions and absurdities.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Customs will often outlive the remembrance of their origin.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “The final event to himself has been, that as he rose like a rocket, he fell like the stick.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “I disbelieve all holy men and holy books.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Every science has for its basis a system of principles as fixed and unalterable as those by which the universe is regulated and governed. Man cannot make principles; he can only discover them.”
Thomas Paine Quote: ““Government,” says Swift, “is a plain thing, and fitted to the capacity of many heads.””
Thomas Paine Quote: “Government is not a trade which any man or body of men has a right to set up and exercise for his own emolument, but is altogether a trust, in right of those by whom that trust is delegated, and by whom it is always resumable. It has of itself no rights; they are altogether duties.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “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 Quote: “That there are men in all countries who get their living by war, and by keeping up the quarrels of Nations is as shocking as it is true...”
Thomas Paine Quote: “The artificial noble shrinks into a dwarf before the noble of nature; and in the few instances (for there are some in all countries) in whom nature, as by a miracle, has survived in aristocracy, those men despise it.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “It is a faculty of the human mind to become what it contemplates, and to act in unison with its object.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Government is nothing more than a national association; and the object of this association is the good of all, as well individually as collectively. Every man wishes to pursue his occupation, and to enjoy the fruits of his labours and the produce of his property in peace and safety, and with the least possible expense. When these things are accomplished, all the objects for which government ought to be established are anwered.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “It was needless, after this, to say that all was vanity and vexation of spirit; for it is impossible to derive happiness from the company of those whom we deprive of happiness.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “The Bill of Rights should contain the general principles of natural and civil liberty. It should be to a community what the eternal laws and obligations of morality are to the conscience. It should be unalterable by any human power...”
Thomas Paine Quote: “The rights of men in society, are neither devisable or transferable, nor annihilable, but are descendable only, and it is not in the power of any generation to intercept finally, and cut off the descent. If the present generation, or any other, are disposed to be slaves, it does not lessen the right of the succeeding generation to be free. Wrongs cannot have a legal descent.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Religion, considered as a duty, is incumbent upon every living soul alike, and, therefore, must be on a level to the understanding and comprehension of all. Man does not learn religion as he learns the secrets and mysteries of a trade. He learns the theory of religion by reflection. It arises out of the action of his own mind upon the things which he sees, or upon what he may happen to hear or to read, and the practice joins itself thereto.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving; it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe. It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society. When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind, as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe, he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Mingling religion with politics may be disavowed and reprobated by every inhabitant of America.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Lead, follow, or get out of the way.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Government is best which governs least.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “He who is the author of a war lets loose the whole contagion of hell and opens a vein that bleeds a nation to death.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Suspicion and persecution are weeds of the same dunghill, and flourish best together.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Virtue is not hereditary.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Is it because you are sunk in the cruelty of superstition, or feel no interest in the honor of your Creator, that you listen to the horrid tales of the Bible, or hear them with callous indifference?”
Thomas Paine Quote: “It is by tracing things to their origin, that we learn to understand them; and it is by keeping that line and that origin always in view, that we never forget them.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Liberty cannot be purchased by a wish.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “No falsehood is so fatal as that which is made an article of faith.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Let the world see that this nation can bear prosperity; and that her honest virtue in time of peace is equal to her bravest valor in time of war.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “The case, however, is, that the Bible will not bear examination in any part of it, which it would do if it was the Word of God. Those who most believe it are those who know least about it, and priests always take care to keep the inconsistent and contradictory parts out of sight.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Wisdom degenerates in governments as governments increase in age.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “We feel something like respect for consistency even in error. We lament the virtue that is debauched into a vice; but the vice that affects a virtue becomes the more detestable.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “All men can understand what representation is; and that it must necessarily include a variety of knowledge and talents.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “The times that tried men’s souls are over-and the greatest and completest revolution the world ever knew, gloriously and happily accomplished.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Civilization, or that which is so called, has operated two ways to make one part of society more affluent and the other part more wretched than would have been the lot of either in a natural state.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “It is a general idea, that when taxes are once laid on, they are never taken off.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “All Of Us Might Wish At Times That We Lived In A More Tranquil World... (yet) Our Times Are Challenging And Filled With Opportunity.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Wrong cannot have a legal descendant.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “The countries the most famous and the most respected of antiquity are those which distinguished themselves by promoting and patronizing science, and on the contrary those which neglected or discouraged it are universally denominated rude and barbarous.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “I do not believe in the creed professed by any church that I know of. Each of these churches accuse the other of unbelief; and for my part, I disbelieve them all.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “If those to whom power is delegated do well, they will be respected; if not, they will be despised.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “It is the object only of war that makes it honorable.”
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