60 Thomas Paine Quotes That Will Challenge Your Commonsense


Thomas Paine Quotes That Will Challenge You


1. “It is the direction and not the magnitude which is to be taken into consideration.” – Thomas Paine

2. “When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon.” – Thomas Paine

3. “The World is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.” – Thomas Paine

4. “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.” – Thomas Paine

5. “If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.” – Thomas Paine

6. “These are the times that try men’s souls.” – Thomas Paine

7. “Suspicion is the companion of mean souls, and the bane of all good society.” – Thomas Paine

8. “I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.” – Thomas Paine

9. “Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man.” – Thomas Paine

10. “Lead, follow, or get out of the way.” – Thomas Paine

11. “To say that any people are not fit for freedom, is to make poverty their choice, and to say they had rather be loaded with taxes than not.” – Thomas Paine

12. “We have it in our power to begin the world over again.” – Thomas Paine

13. “Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.” – Thomas Paine

14. “A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.” – Thomas Paine

15. “Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.” – Thomas Paine

16. “But such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants is the liberty of appearing.” – Thomas Paine

17. “My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.” – Thomas Paine

18. “When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.” – Thomas Paine

19. “Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.” – Thomas Paine

20. “Every religion is good that teaches man to be good; and I know of none that instructs him to be bad.” – Thomas Paine

21. “Character is much easier kept than recovered.” – Thomas Paine

22. “Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us.” – Thomas Paine

23. “Human nature is not of itself vicious.” – Thomas Paine

24. “It is an affront to treat falsehood with complaisance.” – Thomas Paine

25. “We can only reason from what is; we can reason on actualities, but not on possibilities.” – Thomas Paine

26. “The abilities of man must fall short on one side or the other, like too scanty a blanket when you are abed. If you pull it upon your shoulders, your feet are left bare; if you thrust it down to your feet, your shoulders are uncovered.” – Thomas Paine

27. “Any system of religion that has anything in it that shocks the mind of a child, cannot be true.” – Thomas Paine

28. “War involves in its progress such a train of unforeseen circumstances that no human wisdom can calculate the end; it has but one thing certain, and that is to increase taxes.” – Thomas Paine

29. “The strength and power of despotism consists wholly in the fear of resistance.” – Thomas Paine

30. “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.” – Thomas Paine

31. “The instant formal government is abolished, society begins to act. A general association takes place, and common interest produces common security.” – Thomas Paine

32. “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.” – Thomas Paine

33. “The most formidable weapon against errors of every kind is reason.” – Thomas Paine

34. “Titles are but nicknames, and every nickname is a title.” – Thomas Paine

35. “One good schoolmaster is of more use than a hundred priests.” – Thomas Paine

36. “The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.” – Thomas Paine

37. “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

38. “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

39. “It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry.” – Thomas Paine

40. “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

41. “The greatest remedy for anger is delay.” – Thomas Paine

42. “Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.” – Thomas Paine

43. “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.” –Thomas Paine

44. “Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best stage, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.” – Thomas Paine

45. “To establish any mode to abolish war, however advantageous it might be to Nations, would be to take from such Government the most lucrative of its branches.” – Thomas Paine

46. “Persecution is not an original feature in any religion; but it is always the strongly marked feature of all religions established by law.” – Thomas Paine

47. “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.” – Thomas Paine

48. “Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst.” – Thomas Paine

49. “What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value.” – Thomas Paine

50. “An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot.” – Thomas Paine

51. “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.” – Thomas Paine

52. “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

53. “I believe in the equality of man; and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow-creatures happy.” – Thomas Paine

54. “Again I prefer peace. But if trouble must come, let it come in my time, so that my children can live in peace.” –Thomas Paine

55. “My mind is my own church.” – Thomas Paine

56. “Time makes more converts than reason.” – Thomas Paine

57. “Virtues are acquired through endeavor, Which rests wholly upon yourself. So, to praise others for their virtues Can but encourage one’s own efforts.” – Thomas Paine

58. “The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” –Thomas Paine

59. “It is not a field of a few acres of ground, but a cause, that we are defending, and whether we defeat the enemy in one battle, or by degrees, the consequences will be the same.” – Thomas Paine

60. “He that rebels against reason is a real rebel, but he that in defense of reason rebels against tyranny has a better title to Defender of the Faith, than George the Third.” –Thomas Paine


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