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Thomas Paine Quotes

(1737-1809), Anglo-American Political Theorist, Writer

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.

Category: Adversity

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

Category: Appreciation

Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man.

Category: Belief

Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and torturous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness, with which more than half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistent that we called it the word of a demon than the Word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind.

Category: Bible

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

Category: Causes

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.

Category: Causes

Character is much easier kept than recovered.

Category: Character

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

Category: Character

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.

Category: Churches

My own mind is my own church.

Category: Churches

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.

Category: Citizenship

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.

Category: Creeds

These are the times that try men's souls.

Category: Crisis

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

Category: Deeds And Good Deeds

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

Category: Democracy