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Thomas Paine
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The end of all political associations is the preservation of the natural and imprescriptible rights of man; and these rights are liberty, property, security, and resistance of oppression. Thomas Paine
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Thus commerce, though in itself a moral nullity, has had a considerable influence in tempering the human mind....he trades with the same countries ...(that he) would have gone to war with. Thomas Paine
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The Grecians and Romans were strongly possessed of the spirit of liberty but not the principle, for at the time they were determined not to be slaves themselves, they employed their power to enslave the rest of mankind. Thomas Paine
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The aristocracy are not the farmers who work the land, and raise the produce, but are the mere consumers of the rent; and when compared with the active world, are the drones, a seraglio of males, who neither collect the honey nor form the hive, but exist only for lazy enjoyment. 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 more men have to lose, the less willing are they to venture. Thomas Paine
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In the early ages of the world, according to the scripture chronology, there were no kings; the consequence of which was there were no wars; it is the pride of kings which throws mankind into confusion. Thomas Paine
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The Deist needs none of those tricks and shows called miracles to confirm his faith, for what can be a greater miracle than the creation itself, and his own existence? Thomas Paine
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The final event to himself has been, that as he rose like a rocket, he fell like the stick. Thomas Paine
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The Christian system of religion is an outrage on common sense. Thomas Paine
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It can only be by blinding the understanding of man, and making him believe that government is some wonderful mysterious thing, that excessive revenues are obtained. Monarchy is well calculated to ensure this end. It is the popery of government; a thing kept up to amuse the ignorant, and quiet them into taxes. Thomas Paine
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If thou trusteth to the book called the Scriptures, thou trusteth to the rotten staff of fables and falsehood. Thomas Paine
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I have always strenuously supported the right of every man to his own opinion, however different that opinion might be to mine. He who denies to another this right, makes a slave of himself to his present opinion, because he precludes himself the right of changing it. Thomas Paine
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There is no greater tyranny than that of the dead over the living. Thomas Paine
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If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. Thomas Paine
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Of all the systems of religion that ever were invented, there is no more derogatory to the Almighty, more unedifying to man, more repugnant to reason, and more contradictory to itself than this thing called Christianity. Too absurd for belief, too impossible to convince, and too inconsistent for practice, it renders the heart torpid or produces only atheists or fanatics. As an engine of power, it serves the purpose of despotism, and as a means of wealth, the avarice of priests, but so far as respects the good of man in general it leads to nothing here or hereafter. Thomas Paine
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The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow. Thomas Paine
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A man does not serve God when he prays, for it is himself he is trying to serve Thomas Paine
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There is existing in man, a mass of sense lying in a dormant state. The construction of government ought to be such as to bring forward, by a quiet and regular operation, all that extent of capacity. Thomas Paine
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The Theophilanthropists believe in the existence of God, and the immortality of the soul. Thomas Paine
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Freedom hath been hunted round the globe. Asia and Africa have long expelled her. Europe regards her like a stranger, and England hath given her warning to depart. O! receive the fugitive, and prepare in time an asylum for mankind. Thomas Paine
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The American constitutions were to liberty, what a grammar is to language: they define its parts of speech, and practically construct them into syntax. Thomas Paine
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When, in countries that are called civilized, we see age going to the workhouse and youth to the gallows, something must be wrong in the system of government. Thomas Paine
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I die content, I die for the liberty of my country. Thomas Paine
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It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving, it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe. Thomas Paine
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To establish any mode to abolish war, however advantageous it might be to Nations, would be to take from such Government the most lucrative of its branches. Thomas Paine
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As to religion, I hold it to be the indispensable duty of all government to protect all conscientious professors thereof, and I know of no other business which government hath to do therewith. Thomas Paine
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Our country is the world, and my religion is to do good. Thomas Paine
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Ye that dare oppose, not only tyranny, but the tyrant, stand forth! Thomas Paine
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It is a fool only, and not the philosopher, nor even the prudent man, that will live as if there were no God... Were a man impressed as fully and strongly as he ought to be with the belief of a God, his moral life would be regulated by the force of belief; he would stand in awe of God and of himself, and would not do the thing that could not be concealed from either. Thomas Paine
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I call not upon a few, but upon all: not on this state or that state, but on every state; up and help us; lay your shoulders to the wheel; better have too much force than too little, when so great an object is at stake. Thomas Paine
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Human language is local and changeable, and is therefore incapable of being used as the means of unchangeable and universal information. Thomas Paine
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As parents, we can have no joy, knowing that this government is not sufficiently lasting to ensure any thing which we may bequeath to posterity: And by a plain method of argument, as we are running the next generation into debt, we ought to do the work of it, otherwise we use them meanly and pitifully. In order to discover the line of our duty rightly, we should take our children in our hand, and fix our station a few years farther into life; that eminence will present a prospect, which a few present fears and prejudices conceal from our sight. Thomas Paine
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We repose an unwise confidence in any government, or in any men, when we invest them officially with too much, or an unnecessary quantity of, discretionary power. Thomas Paine
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A constitution defines and limits the powers of the government it creates. It therefore follows, as a natural and also a logical result, that the governmental exercise of any power not authorized by the constitution is an assumed power, and therefore illegal. Thomas Paine
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Kill the king but spare the man. Thomas Paine
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It is far better that we admitted a thousand devils to roam at large than that we permitted one such imposter and monster as Moses, Joshua, Samuel, and the Bible prophets, to come with the pretended word of God and have credit among us. Thomas Paine
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Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and tortuous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness with which more than half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistent that we call it the word of a demon than the word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize humankind. Thomas Paine
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It is never to be expected in a revolution that every man is to change his opinion at the same moment. There never yet was any truth or any principle so irresistibly obvious that all men believed it at once. Time and reason must cooperate with each other to the final establishment of any principle; and therefore those who may happen to be first convinced have not a right to persecute others, on whom conviction operates more slowly. The moral principle of revolutions is to instruct, not to destroy. Thomas Paine
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Our greatest enemies, the ones we must fight most often, are within. Thomas Paine
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...the Bible is such a book of lies and contradictions there is no knowing which part to believe or whether any. Thomas Paine
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Peace, which costs nothing, is attended with infinitely more advantage than any victory with all its expence. Thomas Paine
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Where there are no distinctions there can be no superiority; perfect equality affords no temptation. Thomas Paine
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The reformation was preceded by the discovery of America, as if the Almighty graciously meant to open a sanctuary to the persecuted in future years, when home should afford neither friendship nor safety. Thomas Paine
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A nation under a well regulated government, should permit none to remain uninstructed. It is monarchical and aristocratical government only that requires ignorance for its support. Thomas Paine
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What is it the Bible teaches us? - rapine, cruelty, and murder. Thomas Paine
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Nothing, they say is more certain than death, and nothing more uncertain than the time of dying Thomas Paine
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Whatever is my right as a man is also the right of another; and it becomes my duty to guarantee as well as to possess. Thomas Paine
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But there is another and greater distinction for which no truly natural or religious reason can be assigned, and that is the distinction of men into kings and subjects. Male and female are the distinctions of nature, good and band, the distinctions of heaven; but how a race of men came into the world so exalted above the rest, and distinguished like some new species, is worth inquiring into, and whether they are the means of happiness or of misery to mankind. Thomas Paine
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When I see throughout this book, called the Bible, a history of the grossest vices and a collection of the most paltry and contemptible tales and stories, I could not so dishonor my Creator by calling it by His name. Thomas Paine
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The declaration which says that God visits the sins of the fathers upon the children is contrary to every principle of moral justice. Thomas Paine
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I believe in one God, and no more; and I hope for happiness beyond this life. Thomas Paine
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The United States of America will sound as pompously in the world or in history as The Kingdom of Great Britain. Thomas Paine
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But where, says some, is the King of America? I'll tell you. Friend, he reigns above, and doth not make havoc of mankind like the Royal Brute of Britain. Thomas Paine
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To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead. Thomas Paine
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The American constitutions were to liberty, what a grammar is to language: they define its parts of speech, and practically construct them into syntax Thomas Paine
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It is not in numbers, but in unity, that our great strength lies. Thomas Paine
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All the tales of miracles, with which the Old and New Testament are filled, are fit only for impostors to preach and fools to believe. Thomas Paine
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The Christian church has set up a religion of pomp and revenue in pretended imitation of a person (Jesus) who lived a life of poverty. Thomas Paine
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The people of America are a people of property; almost every man is a freeholder. Thomas Paine
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Better fare hard with good men than feast it with bad. Thomas Paine
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It was needless, after this, to say that all was vanity and vexation of spirit; for it is impossible to derive happiness from the company of those whom we deprive of happiness. Thomas Paine
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Mingling religion with politics may be disavowed and reprobated by every inhabitant of America. Thomas Paine
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But if objects for gratitude and admiration are our desire, do they not present themselves every hour to our eyes? Thomas Paine
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The most extraordinary of all the things called miracles, related in the New Testament, is that of the devil flying away with Jesus Christ, and carrying him to the top of a high mountain; and to the top of the highest pinnacle of the temple, and showing him and promising to him all the kingdoms of the world . How happened it that he did not discover America? or is it only with kingdoms that his sooty highness has any interest. Thomas Paine
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The most horrible wickedness and cruelties, and the greatest miseries that have troubled the human race began with this thing called revelation, or revealed religion. ... It would be far, far better for us to let a thousand devils roam the world, and publicly preach the doctrine of devils (if there were such a thing, which there isn't), than to let one impostor and monster such a Moses, Joshua, Samuel or the Bible prophets come speaking the so-called word of God, and causing men to believe it. Thomas Paine
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It appears to general observation, that revolutions create genius and talents; but those events do no more than bring them forward. There is existing in man, a mass of sense lying in a dormant state, and which, unless something excites it to action, will descend with him, in that condition, to the grave. As it is to the advantage of society that the whole of its faculties should be employed, the construction of government ought to be such as to bring forward, by a quiet and regular operation, all that extent of capacity which never fails to appear in revolutions. Thomas Paine
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Men did not make the earth. It is the value of the improvements only, and not the earth itself, that is individual property. Every proprietor owes to the community a ground rent for the land which he holds. Thomas Paine
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The Christian religion and Masonry have one and the same common origin: Both are derived from the worship of the Sun. The difference between their origin is, that the Christian religion is a parody on the worship of the Sun, in which they put a man whom they call Christ, in the place of the Sun, and pay him the same adoration which was originally paid to the Sun. Thomas Paine
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It is from our enemies that we often gain excellent maxims, and are frequently surprised into reason by their mistakes. Thomas Paine
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