Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine

English-born American political activist, philosopher, political theor

Lived from: 1737-1809

Category: Politics | Philosophers

Quotes: Thomas Paine

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    When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon.
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    A bad cause will never be supported by bad means and bad men.
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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.
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    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.
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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.
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    Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man.
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    Character is much easier kept than recovered.

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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.
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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.
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    Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.
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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.
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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.
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    Human nature is not of itself vicious.
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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.
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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.
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