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Thomas Paine Quote: “A constitution, therefore, is to a government what the laws made afterwards by that government are to a court of judicature. The court of judicature does not make the laws, neither can it alter them; it only acts in conformity to the laws made: and the government is in like manner governed by the constitution.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “It is the object only of war that makes it honorable.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “A man may write himself out of reputation when nobody else can do it.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “As property, honestly obtained, is best secured by an equality of rights, so ill-gotten property depends for protection on a monopoly of rights. He who has robbed another of his property, will next endeavor to disarm him of his rights, to secure that property; for when the robber becomes the legislator he believes himself secure.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “It is not because a part of the government is elective, that makes it less a despotism, if the persons so elected, possess afterwards, as a parliament, unlimited powers. Election, in this case, becomes separated from representation, and the candidates are candidates for despotism.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “He, who survives his reputation, lives out of despite himself, like a man listening to his own reproach.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “The burden of the national debt consists not in its being so many millions, or so many hundred millions, but in the quantity of taxes collected every year to pay the interest. If this quantity continue the same, the burden of the national debt is the same to all intents and purposes, be the capital more or less.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “It is painful to behold a man employing his talents to corrupt himself.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “The Christian religion begins with a dream and ends with a murder.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “We still find the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry and grasping at the spoil of the multitude. Invention is continually exercised to furnish new pretenses for revenue and taxation. It watches prosperity as its prey and permits none to escape without a tribute.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Whatever has a tendency to promote the civil intercourse of nations by an exchange of benefits is a subject as worthy of philosophy as of politics.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “I have now gone through the Bible, as a man would go through a wood with an axe on his shoulder, and fell trees. Here they lie; and the priests, if they can, may replant them. They may, perhaps, stick them in the ground, but they will never make them grow.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “There are matters in the Bible, said to be done by the express commandment of God, that are shocking to humanity and to every idea we have of moral justice.”
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; but when those who are concerned in the government of a country, make it their study to sow discord and cultivate predjudices between nations, it becomes the more unpardonable.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “I die content, I die for the liberty of my country.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “The NT, compared with the Old, is like a farce of one act...”
Thomas Paine Quote: “No man is prejudiced in favor of a thing, knowing it to be wrong. He is attached to it on the belief of its being right; and when he sees it is not so, the prejudice will be gone.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Titles are like a magicians wand which circumscribe human facility and prevent us from living the lives of man.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Man did not make the earth, and though he had a natural right to occupy it, he had no right to locate as his property in perpetuity, any part of it.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “How strangely is antiquity treated! To answer some purposes it is spoken of as the times of darkness and ignorance, and to answer others, it is put for the light of the world.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “But there is another and greater distinction for which no truly natural or religious reason can be assigned, and that is the distinction of men into kings and subjects. Male and female are the distinctions of nature, good and band, the distinctions of heaven; but how a race of men came into the world so exalted above the rest, and distinguished like some new species, is worth inquiring into, and whether they are the means of happiness or of misery to mankind.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “We do not admit the authority of the church with respect to its pretended infallibility, its manufactured miracles, its setting itself up to forgive sins. It was by propagating that belief and supporting it with fire that she kept up her temporal power.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Commerce is no other than the traffic of two individuals, multiplied on a scale of number; and, by the same rule that Nature intended the intercourse of two, she intended that of all!”
Thomas Paine Quote: “We can only reason from what is; we can reason on actualities, but not on possibilities.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Government has no right to make itself a party in any debates respecting the principles or mode of forming or of changing, constitutions. It is not for the benefit of those who exercise the powers of government, that constitutions, and the governments issuing from them, are established.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “A government on the principles on which constitutional governments arising out of society are established, cannot have the right of altering itself. If it had, it would be arbitrary. It might make itself what it pleased; and wherever such a right is set up, it shows there is no constitution.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “To live with our enemies as if they may some time become our friends, and to live with our friends as if they may some time become our enemies, is not a moral but a political maxim.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “The most formidable weapon against errors of every kind is reason. I have never used any other, and I trust I never shall.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “What more does man want to know than that the hand or power that made these things is divine, is omnipotent? Let him believe this with the force it is impossible to repel, if he permits his reason to act, and his rule of moral life will follow of course.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Prejudice will fall in a combat with interest.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “The more acquisitions the government makes abroad, the more taxes the people have to pay at home.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “The greatest characters the world has known, have rose on the democratic floor. Aristocracy has not been able to keep a proportionate pace with democracy.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. 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 everything its value.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “The representative system of government is calculated to produce the wisest laws, by collecting wisdom where it can be found.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “It will be proper to take a review of the several sources from which governments have arisen, and on which they have been founded.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “To possess ourselves of a clear idea of what government is, or ought to be, we must trace it to its origin.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “One would think that a system loaded with such gross and vulgar absurdities as Scripture religion is could never have obtained credit; yet we have seen what priestcraft and fanaticism can do, and credulity believe.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “A single legislature, on account of the superabundance of its power, and the uncontrolled rabidity of its execution, becomes as dangerous to the principles of liberty as that of a despotic monarch.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “We must be compelled to hold this doctrine to be false, and the old and new law called the Old and New Testament, to be impositions, fables and forgeries.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “If thou trusteth to the book called the Scriptures, thou trusteth to the rotten staff of fables and falsehood.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “But the fraud being once established, could not afterward be explained, for it is with a pious fraud as with a bad action, it begets a calamitous necessity of going on.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “The Grecians and Romans were strongly possessed of the spirit of liberty but not the principle, for at the time they were determined not to be slaves themselves, they employed their power to enslave the rest of mankind.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “The danger to which the success of revolutions is most exposed, is that of attempting them before the principles on which they proceed, and the advantages to result from them, are sufficiently seen and understood.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “No falsehood is so fatal as that which is made an article of faith.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “Man is not the enemy of man, but through the medium of a false system of Government.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “When taxes are proposed, the country is amused by the plausible language of taxing luxuries. One thing is called a luxury at one time, and something else at another; but the real luxury does not consist in the article, but in the means of procuring it, and this is always kept out of sight.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “When authors and critics talk of the sublime, they see not how nearly it borders on the ridiculous.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “If any generation of men ever possessed the right of dictating the mode by which the world should be governed for ever, it was the first generation that existed; and if that generation did it not, no succeeding generation can show any authority for doing it, nor can set any up.”
Thomas Paine Quote: “They may be all comprehended under three heads – 1st, Superstition; 2d, Power; 3d, the common interests of society, and the common rights of man.”
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