Thomas Paine Quotes

62 Thomas Paine quotes:

"The instant formal government is abolished, society begins to act. A general association takes place, and common interest produces common security."
"He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression;for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself."
Author: Paine Quotes Category: Liberty Quotes
"All the tales of miracles, with which the Old and New Testament are filled, are fit only for impostors to preach and fools to believe"
Author: Paine Quotes Category: Miracles Quotes
"The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheaply, we esteem too lightly; 'Tis dearness only that gives everything its value."
Author: Paine Quotes Category: Obstacles Quotes
"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."
Author: Paine Quotes Category: Ignorance Quotes
"A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a 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."
"Those who want to reap the benefits of this great nation must bear the fatigue of supporting it."
Author: Paine Quotes Category: American Writer Quotes Fatigue Quotes
"Our citizenship in the United States is our national character. Our citizenship in any particular state is only our local distinction. By the latter we are known at home, by the former to the world. Our great title is AMERICANS -- our inferior one varies with the place."
"These are times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country."
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"It is an affront to treat falsehood with complaisance"
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"Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us."
"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."
"He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach himself."
"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."
Author: Paine Quotes Category: Happiness Quotes
"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection"
Author: Paine Quotes Category: Brave Quotes
"The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind"
Author: Paine Quotes Category: America Quotes
"When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon."
"The most formidable weapon against errors of every kind is reason."
"We fight not to enslave, but to set a country free, and to make room upon the earth for honest men to live in."
Author: Paine Quotes Category: Freedom Quotes
"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"
Author: Paine Quotes Category: Mind Quotes

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