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The Best Thomas Paine Quotes

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

    Thomas Paine
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    These are the times that try mens souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.

    Thomas Paine
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    That which we obtain too easily, we esteem too lightly.

    Thomas Paine
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    Reputation is what men and women think of us. Character is what God and the angels know of us.

    Thomas Paine
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    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
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    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.

    Thomas Paine
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    My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.

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

    Thomas Paine
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    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.

    Thomas Paine
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    And as to you, Sir, treacherous in private friendship and a hypocrite in public life, the world will be puzzled to decide whether you are an apostate or an impostor; whether you have abandoned good principles, or whether you ever had any.

    Thomas Paine
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    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
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    Character is much easier kept than recovered.

    Thomas Paine
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    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
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    The right of voting for representatives is the primary right by which other rights are protected. To take away this right is to reduce a man to slavery, for slavery consists in being subject to the will of another, and he that has not a vote in the election of representatives is in this case.

    Thomas Paine
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    Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man.

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

    Thomas Paine
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    These are the times that try men's souls.

    Thomas Paine
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    I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish Church, by the Roman Church, by the Greek Church, by the Turkish Church, by the Protestant Church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my own church.

    Thomas Paine
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    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
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    One good schoolmaster is of more use than a hundred priests.

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    I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.

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

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

    Thomas Paine