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Thomas Paine quotes

The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.

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.

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

Those who want to reap the benefits of this great nation must bear the fatigue of supporting it.

An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot.

If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.

Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.

Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.

I prefer peace. But if trouble must come, let it come in my time, so that my children can live in peace.

Character is much easier kept than recovered.

Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man.

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

Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us.

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.