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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

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

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

Our country is the world, and my religion is to do good. Thomas Paine

The final event to himself has been, that as he rose like a rocket, he fell like the stick. Thomas Paine

The Christian system of religion is an outrage on common sense. Thomas Paine

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

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

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

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

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

If thou trusteth to the book called the Scriptures, thou trusteth to the rotten staff of fables and falsehood. Thomas Paine

A man does not serve God when he prays, for it is himself he is trying to serve Thomas Paine

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

The more men have to lose, the less willing are they to venture. Thomas Paine

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

The Theophilanthropists believe in the existence of God, and the immortality of the soul. Thomas Paine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is no greater tyranny than that of the dead over the living. Thomas Paine

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

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

I die content, I die for the liberty of my country. Thomas Paine

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

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

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

Our greatest enemies, the ones we must fight most often, are within. Thomas Paine

...the Bible is such a book of lies and contradictions there is no knowing which part to believe or whether any. Thomas Paine

Peace, which costs nothing, is attended with infinitely more advantage than any victory with all its expence. Thomas Paine

Where there are no distinctions there can be no superiority; perfect equality affords no temptation. Thomas Paine

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

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

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

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

It is not in numbers, but in unity, that our great strength lies. Thomas Paine

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

It has been the scheme of the Christian Church, and of all the other invented systems of religion, to hold man in ignorance of the Creator, as it is of Government to hold man in ignorance of his rights. The systems of the one are as false as those of the other, and are calculated for mutual support. Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead. Thomas Paine

Accustom a people to believe that priests, or any other class of men who can forgive sins, and you will have sins in abundance. Thomas Paine

A republic properly understood is a sovereignty of justice, in contradistinction to a sovereignty of will. Thomas Paine

The people of America are a people of property; almost every man is a freeholder. Thomas Paine

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

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

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

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

I believe in one God, and no more; and I hope for happiness beyond this life. Thomas Paine

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

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

Human language is local and changeable, and is therefore incapable of being used as the means of unchangeable and universal information. Thomas Paine

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

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

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

Kill the king but spare the man. Thomas Paine

Ye that dare oppose, not only tyranny, but the tyrant, stand forth! Thomas Paine

The United States of America will sound as pompously in the world or in history as The Kingdom of Great Britain. Thomas Paine

It is from our enemies that we often gain excellent maxims, and are frequently surprised into reason by their mistakes. Thomas Paine

When the tongue or the pen is let loose in a frenzy of passion, it is the man, and not the subject, that becomes exhausted. Thomas Paine

A world of little cares is continually arising, which busy or affluent life knows nothing of, to open the first door to distress. Hunger is not among the postponable wants; and a day, even a few hours, in such a condition is often the crisis of a life of ruin. Thomas Paine

Titles do not count with posterity. Thomas Paine

The NT, compared with the Old, is like a farce of one act... Thomas Paine

They may be all comprehended under three heads - 1st, Superstition; 2d, Power; 3d, the common interests of society, and the common rights of man. Thomas Paine

What is it the Bible teaches us? - rapine, cruelty, and murder. Thomas Paine

Nothing, they say is more certain than death, and nothing more uncertain than the time of dying Thomas Paine

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

People in general know not what wickedness there is in this pretended word of God. Brought up in habits of superstition, they take it for granted that the Bible is true, and that it is good; they permit themselves not to doubt of it, and they carry the ideas they form of the benevolence of the Almighty to the book which they have been taught to believe was written by his authority. Good heavens! It is quite another thing; it is a book of lies, wickedness, and blasphemy. Thomas Paine

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