Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine (January 29, 1737 – June 8, 1809) was an English-American political activist, philosopher, political theorist, and revolutionary. One of the Founding Fathers of the United States, he authored the two most influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution, and he inspired the rebels in 1776 to declare independence from Britain. His ideas reflected Enlightenment-era rhetoric of transnational human rights. He has been called "a corsetmaker by trade, a journalist by profession, and a propagandist by inclination". Born in Thetford, England, in the county of Norfolk, Paine emigrated to the British American colonies in 1774 with the help of Benjamin Franklin, arriving just in time to participate in the American Revolution. Virtually every rebel read (or listened to a reading of) his powerful pamphlet Common Sense (1776), proportionally the all-time best-selling Ameri... More

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Thomas Paine Quotes

Thomas Paine #Best #Government

Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil in its worst state, an intolerable one.
Thomas Paine #Best #Government #Society

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 #Business #Death #Politics

'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 #Anger #Anger

The greatest remedy for anger is delay.
Thomas Paine #Death #War

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 #Equality #Equality

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 #Faith #God

Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man.
Thomas Paine #Fear #Power #Strength

The strength and power of despotism consists wholly in the fear of resistance.
Thomas Paine #Freedom #Men

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.
Thomas Paine #God #Men #Women

Reputation is what men and women think of us character is what God and angels know of us.
Thomas Paine #God #Good

It is not a God, just and good, but a devil, under the name of God, that the Bible describes.
Thomas Paine #God

That God cannot lie, is no advantage to your argument, because it is no proof that priests can not, or that the Bible does not.
Thomas Paine #Good #Religion

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

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 #Good

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Human nature is not of itself vicious.
Thomas Paine #Nature #Truth

But such is the irresistable nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants is the liberty of appearing.
Thomas Paine #Peace

If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.
Thomas Paine #Peace #Time

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