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Thomas Paine quotes (35)
The sublime and the ridiculous are often so nearly related that it is difficult to class them separately. One step above the sublime makes the ridiculous and one step above the ridiculous makes the sublime again.
Thomas Paine Category: Ridiculous
The harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph.
Thomas Paine Category: Adversity
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 Category: Liberty
Such is the irresistible nature of truth that all it asks and all it wants is the liberty of appearing.
Thomas Paine Category: Truth
The United States of America will sound as pompously in the world or in history as The Kingdom of Great Britain.
Thomas Paine Category: Unsorted
My own mind is my own church.
Thomas Paine Category: Action
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 Category: Conduct
It is with a pious fraud as with a bad action; it begets a calamitous necessity of going on.
Thomas Paine Category: Fraud
We fight not to enslave but to set a country free and to make room upon the earth for honest men to live in.
Thomas Paine Category: Freedom
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 Category: Thief
Suspicion is the companion of mean souls and the bane of all good society.
Thomas Paine Category: Companion
Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us.
Thomas Paine Category: Reputation
Infidelity does not consist in believing or in disbelieving: it consists in professing to believe what one does not believe.
Thomas Paine Category: Atheism
Panics in some cases have their uses; they produce as much good as hurt. Their duration is always short; the mind soon grows through them and acquires a firmer habit than before. But their peculiar advantage is that they are the touchstone of sincerity and hypocrisy and bring things and men to light which might have lain forever undiscovered.
Thomas Paine Category: Emotion
When men yield up the privilege of thinking the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon.
Thomas Paine Category: Shadow
Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind tyranny in religion is the worst.
Thomas Paine Category: Tyranny
Moderation in temper is always a virtue; But moderation in principle is always a vice.
Thomas Paine Category: Moderation
Any system of religion that has anything in it that shocks the mind of a child cannot be a true system.
Thomas Paine Category: Religion
Give to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself that is my doctrine.
Thomas Paine Category: Rights
Society in every state is a blessing but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.
Thomas Paine Category: Government
That which we obtain too easily we esteem too lightly. It is dearness only which gives everything its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price on its goods.
Thomas Paine Category: Easy
Uncritical reverence for the Founding Fathers was less ubiquitous while they actually lived.... The Reign of Terror that raged in America during the latter end of the Washington Administration and the whole of that of Adams is enveloped in mystery to me. That there were men in the Government hostile to the representative system was once their toast though it is now their overthrow and therefore the fact is established against them.
Thomas Paine Category: President
If there must be trouble let it be in my day that my child may have peace.
Thomas Paine Category: Children
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 Category: Courage
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 Category: Cause
Man must go back to nature for information.
Thomas Paine Category: Nature
Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation is principle is always a vice.
Thomas Paine Category: Temper
It is necessary to the happiness of a man that he be mentally faithful to himself.
Thomas Paine Category: Belief
Reason obeys itself; and ignorance does whatever is dictated to it.
Thomas Paine Category: If
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 Category: Church
War involves in its progress such a train of unforeseen and unsupposed circumstances that no human wisdom can calculate the end. It has but one thing certain and that is to increase taxes.
Thomas Paine Category: Tax
Character is much easier kept than recovered.
Thomas Paine Category: Character
These are the times that try mens souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will in this crisis shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny like hell is not easily
Thomas Paine Category: Country
What we may obtain too cheap we esteem too lightly: 't is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price on its goods.
Thomas Paine Category: Valor
When we are planning for posterity we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.
Thomas Paine Category: Virtue