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The Best Thomas Paine Quotes

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A list of the best Thomas Paine quotes. This list is arranged by which famous Thomas Paine quotes have received the most votes, so only the greatest Thomas Paine quotes are at the top of the list. All the most popular quotes from Thomas Paine should be listed here, but if any were missed you can add more at the end of the list. This list includes notable Thomas Paine quotes on various subjects, many of which are inspirational and thought provoking.

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    Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value.

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

    Thomas Paine
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    Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.

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

    Thomas Paine
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    My own mind is my own church.

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

    Thomas Paine
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    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.

    Thomas Paine
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    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.

    Thomas Paine
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    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.

    Thomas Paine
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    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.

    Thomas Paine
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    We have it in our power to begin the world over again.

    Thomas Paine
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    Titles are but nicknames, and every nickname is a title.

    Thomas Paine
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    A bad cause will never be supported by bad means and bad men.

    Thomas Paine
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    It is from the Bible that man has learned cruelty, rapine, and murder; for the belief of a cruel God makes a cruel man.

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    The final event to himself has been, that as he rose like a rocket, he fell like the stick.

    Thomas Paine
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    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
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    Those words, temperate and moderate, are words either of political cowardice, or of cunning, or seduction. 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 a species of vice.

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

    Thomas Paine
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    Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.

    Thomas Paine
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    Everything that is right or natural pleads for separation. The blood of the slain, the weeping voice of nature cries, 'Tis time to part.

    Thomas Paine
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    Human nature is not of itself vicious.

    Thomas Paine