Thomas Paine Quotes

62 Thomas Paine quotes:

"It is with pious fraud as with a bad action; it begets a calamitous necessity of going on"
Author: Paine Quotes Category: Action Quotes
"Lead, follow, or get out of the way."
Author: Paine Quotes Category: Action Quotes
"He is not affected by the reality of distress touching his heart, but by the showy resemblance of it striking his imagination. He pities the plumage, but forgets the dying bird."
"My mind is my own church."
"Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it."
"If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace."
"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."
"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."
"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."
Author: Paine Quotes Category: Hypocrisy Quotes
"An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot."
"Action and care will in time wear down the strongest frame, but guilt and melancholy are poisons of quick dispatch"
Author: Paine Quotes Category: Action Quotes
"The trade of governing has always been monopolized by the most ignorant and the most rascally individuals of mankind."
Author: Paine Quotes Category: Civilization Quotes
"If we do not hang together, we shall surely hang separately."
"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."
"Time makes more converts than reason."
"Suspicion is the companion of mean souls, and the bane of all good society."
"When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary."
"The final event to himself has been, that as he rose like a rocket, he fell like the stick."
Author: Paine Quotes Category: Glory Quotes
"A man does not serve God when he prays, for it is himself he is trying to serve"
Author: Paine Quotes Category: God Quotes
"A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it the superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason."
Author: Paine Quotes Category: Appearance Quotes

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