Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine

\What is it the Bible teaches us? - rapine, cruelty, and murder. What is it the Testament teaches us? - to believe that the Almighty committed debauchery with a woman engaged to be married, and the belief of this debauchery is called faith."

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.

Better fare hard with good men than feast it with bad.

The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.

I fear not, I see not reason for fear. In the end we will be the victors. For though at times the flame of liberty may cease to shine, the ember will never expire.

Such is the irresistible nature of truth that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.

What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly... it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as Freedom should not be highly rated.

The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.

Better fare hard with good men than feast it with bad.

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.

It is the duty of every patriot to protect his country from its government.

All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.

Human nature is not of itself vicious.

It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry.

A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.

Character is much easier kept than recovered.

All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.

What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly. It is dearness only that gives everything its value.

A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue, but moderation in principle is always a vice.

Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.

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.

The instant formal government is abolished, society begins to act. A general association takes place, and common interest produces common security.