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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. -- Thomas Paine
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The nearer any disease approaches to a crisis, the nearer it is to a cure. Danger and deliverance make their advances together; and it is only in the last push that one or the other takes the lead. -- Thomas Paine
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Of more worth is one honest man to society, and in the sight of God, than all the crowned ruffians that ever lived. -- Thomas Paine
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As to religion, I hold it to be the indispensible 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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But in addition to all the moral evidence against the Bible, I will, in the progress of this work, produce such other evidence as even a priest cannot deny; and show, from that evidence, that the Bible is not entitled to credit, as being the word of God. -- Thomas Paine
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Every man who knows anything of languages, knows that it is impossible to translate from one language into another, not only without losing a great part of the original, but frequently of mistaking the sense. -- Thomas Paine
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Calumny is a vice of curious constitution; trying to kill it keeps it alive; leave it to itself and it will die a natural death. -- Thomas Paine
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The constitution of England is so exceedingly complex, that the nation may suffer for years together without being able to discover in which part the fault lies, some will say in one and some in another, and every political physician will advise a different medicine. -- Thomas Paine
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Let a crown be placed thereon, by which the world may know, that so far as we approve of monarcy, that in America the law is King. For as in absolute governments the King is law, so in free countries the law ought to be King; and there ought to be no other. -- Thomas Paine
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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
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Man cannot make, or invent, or contrive principles; he can only discover them; and he ought to look through the discovery to the Author. -- Thomas Paine
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for no man expects to be loved himself for his crime or for his enmity. -- Thomas Paine
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It would be more consistent that we call [the Bible] the work of a demon than the word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind. -- Thomas Paine
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Commerce diminishes the spirit, both of patriotism and military defence. -- Thomas Paine
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When all other rights are taken away, the right of rebellion is made perfect. -- Thomas Paine
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I would give worlds, if I had them, if The Age of Reason had never been published. O Lord, help! Stay with me! It is hell to be left alone. -- Thomas Paine
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If the present generation, or any other, are disposed to be slaves, it does not lessen the right of the succeeding generation to be free: wrongs cannot have a legal descent. -- Thomas Paine
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The more we bestow the richer we become. -- Thomas Paine
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A man may write himself out of reputation when nobody else can do it. -- 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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The representative system of government is calculated to produce the wisest laws, by collecting wisdom where it can be found. -- Thomas Paine
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Natural rights are those which always appertain to man in right of his existence. Of this kind are all the intellectual rights, or rights of the mind, and also all those rights of acting as an individual for his own comfort and happiness, which are not injurious to the rights of others. -- Thomas Paine
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All the religions known in the world are founded, so far as they relate to man or the unity of man, as being all of one degree. Whether in heaven or in hell, or in whatever state man may be supposed to exist hereafter, the good and the bad are the only distinctions. -- Thomas Paine
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But the fraud being once established, could not afterward be explained, for it is with a pious fraud as with a bad action, it begets a calamitous necessity of going on. -- Thomas Paine
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As to the book called the bible, it is blasphemy to call it the Word of God. It is a book of lies and contradictions and a history of bad times and bad men. -- Thomas Paine
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What more does man want to know than that the hand or power that made these things is divine, is omnipotent? Let him believe this with the force it is impossible to repel, if he permits his reason to act, and his rule of moral life will follow of course. -- Thomas Paine
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Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property ... Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them. -- Thomas Paine
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Arms, like laws, discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe and preserve order ... -- Thomas Paine
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I know not whether taxes are raised to fight wars, or wars are fought in order to raise taxes. -- Thomas Paine
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The more acquisitions the government makes abroad, the more taxes the people have to pay at home. -- Thomas Paine
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Practical religion consists in doing good: and the only way of serving God is that of endeavoring to make His creation happy. All preaching that has not this for its object is nonsense and hypocrisy. -- Thomas Paine
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It is a position not to be controverted, that the earth ... was and ever would have continued to be, the COMMON PROPERTY OF THE HUMAN RACE. -- Thomas Paine
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The case, however, is, that the Bible will not bear examination in any part of it, which it would do if it was the Word of God. Those who most believe it are those who know least about it, and priests always take care to keep the inconsistent and contradictory parts out of sight. -- Thomas Paine
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And as to you, Sir, treacherous in private friendship and a hypocrite in public life, the world will be puzzled to decide whether you are an apostate or an impostor; whether you have abandoned good principles, or whether you ever had any. -- Thomas Paine
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'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
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Those words, temperate and moderate, are words either of political cowardice, or of cunning, or seduction. 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 a species of vice. -- Thomas Paine
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I have furnished myself with a Bible and Testament; and I can say also that I have found them to be much worse books than I had conceived. If I have erred in any thing, in the former part of the Age of Reason, it has been by speaking better of some parts than they deserved. -- Thomas Paine
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The prejudice of Englishmen, in favour of their own government by king, lords and commons, arises as much or more from national pride than reason. -- Thomas Paine
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The right of voting for representatives is the primary right by which other rights are protected. To take away this right is to reduce a man to slavery, for slavery consists in being subject to the will of another, and he that has not a vote in the election of representatives is in this case. -- Thomas Paine
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The stupid texts of the Bible - from which, be the talents of the preacher what they may, only stupid sermons can be preached. -- Thomas Paine
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Lay then the axe to the root, and teach governments humanity. It is their sanguinary punishments which corrupt mankind. -- 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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And when we view a flag, which to the eye is beautiful, and to contemplate its rise and origin inspires a sensation of sublime delight, our national honor must unite with our interests to prevent injury to the one, or insult to the other. -- Thomas Paine
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The countries the most famous and the most respected of antiquity are those which distinguished themselves by promoting and patronizing science, and on the contrary those which neglected or discouraged it are universally denominated rude and barbarous. -- Thomas Paine
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Prejudice, like the spider, makes everywhere its home. It has neither taste nor choice of place, and all that it requires is room. If the one prepares her food by poisoning it to her palate and her use, the other does the same. Prejudice may be denominated the spider of the mind. -- 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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The Book of Job and the 19th Psalm, which even the Church admits to be more ancient than the chronological order in which they stand in the book called the Bible, are theological orations conformable to the original system of theology. -- Thomas Paine
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Persecution is not an original feature in any religion; but it is always the strongly marked feature of all religions established by law. -- Thomas Paine
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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. -- Thomas Paine
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Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it. -- Thomas Paine
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The cunning of the fox is as murderous as the violence of the wolf. -- Thomas Paine
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The duty of man is not a wilderness of turnpike gates, through which he is to pass by tickets from one to the other. It is plain and simple, and consists but of two points
his duty God, which every man must feel; and, with respect to his neighbor, to do as he would be done by. -- Thomas Paine
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Here then is the origin and rise of government; namely, a mode rendered necessary by the inability of moral virtue to govern the world; here too is the design and end of government, viz. Freedom and security. -- Thomas Paine
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If those to whom power is delegated do well, they will be respected; if not, they will be despised. -- Thomas Paine
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The greatest remedy for anger is delay. -- Thomas Paine
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What at first was plunder assumed the softer name of revenue. -- Thomas Paine
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Yet this is trash that the Church imposes upon the world as the Word of God; this is the collection of lies and contradictions called the Holy Bible! This is the rubbish called Revealed Religion! -- Thomas Paine
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The story of Eve and the serpent, and of Noah and his ark, drops to a level with the Arabian Tales, without the merit of being entertaining, and the account of men living to eight and nine hundred years becomes as fabulous as the immortality of the giants of the Mythology. -- 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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The trade of governing has always been monopolized by the most ignorant and the most rascally individuals of mankind. -- Thomas Paine
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Man did not make the earth, and though he had a natural right to occupy it, he had no right to locate as his property in perpetuity, any part of it. -- Thomas Paine
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We do not admit the authority of the church with respect to its pretended infallibility, its manufactured miracles, its setting itself up to forgive sins. It was by propagating that belief and supporting it with fire that she kept up her temporal power. -- 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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When it becomes necessary to do a thing, the whole heart and soul should go into the measure, or not attempt it. -- Thomas Paine
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Mystery is the antagonist of truth. It is a fog of human invention, that obscures truth, and represents it in distortion. -- Thomas Paine
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Everything that is right or reasonable pleads for separation. The blood of the slain, the weeping voice of nature cries, 'tis time to part. -- 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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He, who survives his reputation, lives out of despite himself, like a man listening to his own reproach. -- Thomas Paine
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My mind is my own church. -- Thomas Paine
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If all with doubts about the factual basis of their religion will but commit to their resolution through direct and unfettered inquiry, our country - and with it the world - will see a rebirth of Liberty, -- Thomas Paine
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Call to mind the sentiments which nature has engraved on the heart of every citizen, and which take a new force when they are solemnly recognised by all:-For a nation to love liberty, it is sufficient that she knows it; and to be free, it is sufficient that she wills it. -- Thomas Paine
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The animals to whom nature has given the faculty we call cunning know always when to use it, and use it wisely; but when man descends to cunning he blunders and betrays. -- Thomas Paine
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Thomas did not believe the resurrection [John 20:25], and, as they say, would not believe without having ocular and manual demonstration himself. So neither will I, and the reason is equally as good for me, and for every other person, as for Thomas. -- 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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It is not in the power of Britain or of Europe to conquer America, if she do not conquer herself by DELAY and TIMIDITY. -- Thomas Paine
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In Deism our reason and our belief become happily united. The wonderful structure of the universe, and everything we behold in the system of the creation, prove to us, far better than books can do, the existence of a God, and at the same time proclaim His attributes. -- Thomas Paine
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Every person of learning is finally his own teacher. -- Thomas Paine
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The Christian mythologists tell us that Christ died for the sins of the world, and that he came on Purpose to die. Would it not then have been the same if he had died of a fever or of the small pox, of old age, or of anything else? -- Thomas Paine
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It is always to be taken for granted, that those who oppose an equality of rights never mean the exclusion should take place on themselves. -- Thomas Paine
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And this manner of speaking of the Almighty, as one would speak of a man, is consistent with nothing but the stupidity of the Bible. -- Thomas Paine
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Every science has for its basis a system of principles as fixed and unalterable as those by which the universe is regulated and governed. Man cannot make principles; he can only discover them. -- Thomas Paine
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Yet panics, in some cases, have their uses; they produce as much good as hurt. Their duration is always short; the mind soon grows through them, and acquires a firmer habit than before. -- Thomas Paine
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It is a fraud of the Christian system to call the sciences human invention; it is only the application of them that is human. -- 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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Accustom a people to believe that priests, or any other class of men can forgive sins and you will have sins in abundance. -- Thomas Paine
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Each government accuses the other of perfidy, intrigue and ambition, as a means of heating the imagination of their respective nations, and incensing them to hostilities. Man is not the enemy of man, but through the medium of a false system of government. -- Thomas Paine
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When authors and critics talk of the sublime, they see not how nearly it borders on the ridiculous. -- 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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If a man be the enemy of another from mistake and prejudice, as in the case of religious opinions, and sometimes in politics, that man is different to an enemy at heart with a criminal intention; and it is incumbent upon as, and it contributes also to our own tranquillity, that we -- Thomas Paine
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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. -- Thomas Paine
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I consider the war of America against Britain as the country's war, the public's war, or the war of the people in their own behalf, for the security of their natural rights, and the protection of their own property. -- Thomas Paine
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You cannot undermine police authority and then complain about rising crime. -- Thomas Paine
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Commerce is no other than the traffic of two individuals, multiplied on a scale of number; and, by the same rule that Nature intended the intercourse of two, she intended that of all! -- Thomas Paine
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The defects of every government and constitution both as to principle and form, must, on a parity of reasoning, be as open to discussion as the defects of a law, and it is a duty which every man owes to society to point them out. -- Thomas Paine
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Every child born in the world must be considered as deriving its existence from God. The world is this new to him as it was to the first that existed, and his natural right in it is of the same kind. -- Thomas Paine
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The circumstances of the world are continually changing, and the opinions of men change also,Government is for the living, and not for the dead; it is the living only that has any right in it. -- 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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Mingling religion with politics may be disavowed
and reprobated by every inhabitant of America. -- Thomas Paine
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The Bible is a book that has been read more and examined less than any book that ever existed. -- Thomas Paine
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Rights are not gifts from one man to another, nor from one class of men to another. It is impossible to discover any origin of rights otherwise than in the origin of man; it consequently follows that rights appertain to man in right of his existence, and must therefore be equal to every man. -- Thomas Paine
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... why do men continue to practice in themselves, the absurdities they despise in others?
Thomas Paine, The rights of man: being an answer to Mr Burke's attack on the French Revolution (2nd edn, Philadelphia, 1791), p. 41. -- Thomas Paine
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The greatest characters the world has known, have rose on the democratic floor. Aristocracy has not been able to keep a proportionate pace with democracy. -- Thomas Paine
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He who takes nature for his guide, is not easily beaten out of his argument -- Thomas Paine
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All men can understand what representation is; and that it must necessarily include a variety of knowledge and talents. -- Thomas Paine
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The strength of one man is so unequal to his wants, and his mind so unfitted for perpetual solitude, that he is soon obliged to seek assistance and relief of another, who in his turn requires the same -- Thomas Paine
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The story of Jesus Christ appearing after he was dead is the story of an apparition, such as timid imaginations can always create in vision, and credulity believe. Stories of this kind had been told of the assassination of Julius Caesar. -- Thomas Paine
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If any generation of men ever possessed the right of dictating the mode by which the world should be governed for ever, it was the first generation that existed; and if that generation did it not, no succeeding generation can show any authority for doing it, nor can set any up. -- Thomas Paine
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Government, like dress, is the badge of lost innocence; the palaces of kings are built on the ruins of the bowers of paradise. -- Thomas Paine
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It is the duty of every man, as far as his ability extends, to detect and expose delusion and error. -- Thomas Paine
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That which is now called natural philosophy, embracing the whole circle of science, of which astronomy occupies the chief place, is the study of the works of God, and of the power and wisdom of God in his works, and is the true theology. -- Thomas Paine
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That which is now called learning, was not learning originally. Learning does not consist, as the schools now make it consist, in the knowledge of languages, but in the knowledge of things to which language gives names. -- Thomas Paine
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The story of the redemption will not stand examination. That man should redeem himself from the sin of eating an apple by committing a murder on Jesus Christ, is the strangest system of religion ever set up. -- Thomas Paine
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Politics and self-interest have been so uniformly connected, that the world, from being so often deceived, has a right to be suspicious of public characters. -- Thomas Paine
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With respect to the books of the New Testament, particularly such parts as tell us of the resurrection and ascension of Christ, any person who could tell a story of an apparition, or of a man's walking, could have made such books; for the story is most wretchedly told. -- Thomas Paine
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The most detestable wickedness, the most horrid cruelties, and the greatest miseries, that have afflicted the human race have had their origin in this thing called revelation, or revealed religion. -- Thomas Paine
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The Christian theory is little else than the idolatry of the ancient mythologists, accommodated to the purposes of power and revenue; and it yet remains to reason and philosophy to abolish the amphibious fraud. -- Thomas Paine
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It is an affront to treat falsehood with complaisance. -- Thomas Paine
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There are two distinct classes of what are called thoughts: those that we produce in ourselves by reflection and the act of thinking and those that bolt into the mind of their own accord. -- Thomas Paine
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The Almighty implanted in us these inextinguishable feelings for good and wise purposes. They are the guardians of His image in our heart. They distinguish us from the herd of common animals. -- Thomas Paine
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And to read the Bible without horror, we must undo everything that is tender, sympathizing and benevolent in the heart of man. -- Thomas Paine
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What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated. -- Thomas Paine
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We can only reason from what is; we can reason on actualities, but not on possibilities. -- 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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The Bible: a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalise mankind. -- Thomas Paine
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There is something in corruption which, like a jaundiced eye, transfers the color of itself to the object it looks upon, and sees everything stained and impure. -- Thomas Paine
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To possess ourselves of a clear idea of what government is, or ought to be, we must trace it to its origin. -- Thomas Paine
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We must be compelled to hold this doctrine to be false, and the old and new law called the Old and new Testament, to be impositions, fables and forgeries -- Thomas Paine
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When extraordinary power and extraordinary pay are allotted to any individual in a government, he becomes the center, round which every kind of corruption generates and forms. -- Thomas Paine
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The accumulation of great wealth is, in many instances, the effect of paying too little for the labor that produced it, the consequence of which is that the working people perish in old age and the employer abounds in affluence. -- 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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The moral duty of man consists of imitatingthe moral goodness and beneficence of God,manifested in the creation, toward all His creatures. -- Thomas Paine
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I fear not, I see not reason for fear. In the end we will be the victors. For though at times the flame of liberty may cease to shine, the ember will never expire. -- Thomas Paine
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It is the pride of kings that throws man kind into confusion. -- Thomas Paine
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From the east to the west blow the trumpet to arms! Through the land let the sound of it flee; Let the far and the near all unite, with a cheer, In defense of our Liberty Tree. -- Thomas Paine
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Every age and generation must be as free to act for itself in all cases as the age and generations which preceded it. The vanity and presumption of governing beyond the grave is the most ridiculous and insolent of all tyrannies. Man has no property in man; -- Thomas Paine
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For all men being originally equals, no one by birth could have the right to set up his own family in perpetual preference to all others forever, and tho' himself might deserve some decent degree of honours of his cotemporaries, yet his descendants might be far too unworthy to inherit them. -- Thomas Paine
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Our present condition, is, Legislation without law; wisdom without a plan; constitution without a name; and, what is strangely astonishing, perfect Independance contending for dependance. -- Thomas Paine
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Of all the tyrannies that effect mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst; every other species of tyranny is limited to the world we live in; but this attempts to stride beyond the grave, and seeks to pursue us into eternity. -- 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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Kill the king but spare the man. -- Thomas Paine
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Science is the true theology. -- Thomas Paine
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Mind thine own concerns. If he believes not as thou believest, it is a proof that thou believest not as he believes, and there is no earthly power can determine between you. -- Thomas Paine
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It is not the nature of avarice to be satisfied with anything but money. Every passion that acts upon mankind has a peculiar mode of operation. Many of them are temporary and fluctuating; they admit of cessation and variety. But avarice is a fixed, uniform passion. -- Thomas Paine
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Public credit is suspicion asleep. -- Thomas Paine
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It is the fable of Jesus Christ, as told in the New Testament, and the wild and visionary doctrine raised thereon, against which I contend. The story, taking it as it is told, is blasphemously obscene. -- Thomas Paine
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We ought therefore to suspect that a great mass of information respecting the Bible, and the introduction of it into the world, has been suppressed by the united tyranny of Church and State, for the purpose of keeping people in ignorance, and which ought to be known. -- Thomas Paine
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Not a place upon earth might be so happy as America. Her situation is remote from all the wrangling world, and she has nothing to do but to trade with them. -- Thomas Paine
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To live with our enemies as if they may some time become our friends, and to live with our friends as if they may some time become our enemies, is not a moral but a political maxim -- Thomas Paine
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Now is the seedtime of continental union, faith and honor. The least fracture now, will be like a name engraved with the point of a pin on the tender rind of a young oak; the wound would enlarge with the tree, and posterity read in it full grown characters. -- Thomas Paine
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These are the days that try man's heart. -- Thomas Paine
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The duty of a patriot is to protect his country from its government. -- Thomas Paine
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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. -- Thomas Paine
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It is important that we should never lose sight of this distinction. We must not confuse the peoples with their governments ... -- Thomas Paine
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Compassion, the fairest associate of the heart. -- 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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The first was a government of priestcraft, the second of conquerors, and the third of reason. -- Thomas Paine
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What is called a republic, is not any particular form of government ... it is naturally opposed to the word monarchy, which means arbitrary power. -- Thomas Paine
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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 ... -- Thomas Paine
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The graceful pride of truth knows no extremes, and preserves, in every latitude of life, the right-angled character of man. -- Thomas Paine
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In order that nothing may pass into a law but what is satisfactorily just, not less than three fifths of the Congress to be called a majority. He that will promote discord, under a government so equally formed as this, would have joined Lucifer in his revolt. -- Thomas Paine
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Wisdom is not the purchase of a day -- Thomas Paine
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The cause of America is in great measure the cause of all mankind. -- Thomas Paine
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Titles do not count with posterity. -- Thomas Paine
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I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes. -- Thomas Paine
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To be nobly wrong is more manly than to be meanly right. -- Thomas Paine
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What is it the Bible teaches us?
rapine, cruelty, and murder. -- Thomas Paine
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It is from the Bible that man has learned cruelty, rapine, and murder; for the belief of a cruel God makes a cruel man. -- Thomas Paine
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It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry. -- Thomas Paine
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I die content, I die for the liberty of my country. -- Thomas Paine
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The intimacy which is contracted in infancy, and the friendship which is formed in misfortune, are, of all others, the most lasting and unalterable. -- Thomas Paine
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There is a natural firmness in some minds, which cannot be unlocked by trifles, but which, when unlocked, discovers a cabinet of fortitude. -- Thomas Paine
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All this [Paul's writing] is nothing better than the jargon of a conjurer who picks up phrases he does not understand to confound the credulous people who come to have their fortune told. Age of Reason -- Thomas Paine
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Let them call me a rebel and welcome. I feel no concern from it. But should I suffer the misery of devils, were I to make a whore of my soul. -- Thomas Paine
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For though the flame of liberty may sometimes cease to shine, the coal can never expire. -- Thomas Paine
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Mankind being originally equals in the order of creation, the equality could only be destroyed by some subsequent circumstance; the distinctions of rich, and poor, may in a great measure be accounted for, and that without having recourse to the harsh, ill-sounding names of oppression and avarice. -- Thomas Paine
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How strangely is antiquity treated! To answer some purposes it is spoken of as the times of darkness and ignorance, and to answer others, it is put for the light of the world. -- Thomas Paine
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He who dares not offend cannot be honest. -- Thomas Paine
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Virtue, as I have already remarked, is not hereditary, neither is it perpetual. -- Thomas Paine
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These are the times that try men's souls. -- Thomas Paine
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In the progress of politics, as in the common occurrences of life, we are not only apt to forget the ground we have travelled over, but frequently neglect to gather up experiences as we go. -- Thomas Paine
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The Christian religion is a parody on the worship of the sun, in which they put a man called Christ in the place of the sun, and pay him the adoration originally payed to the sun. -- Thomas Paine
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The fate of Charles I has only made kings more subtle, not more just. -- Thomas Paine
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Who can say by what exceeding fine action of fine matter it is that a thought is produced in what we call the mind? And yet that thought when produced, as i know produce the thought that i am writing, is capable of becoming inmortal, and is the only production of man that has that capacity. -- Thomas Paine
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A single legislature, on account of the superabundance of its power, and the uncontrolled rabidity of its execution, becomes as dangerous to the principles of liberty as that of a despotic monarch. -- Thomas Paine
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It is the direction and not the magnitude which is to be taken into consideration. -- Thomas Paine
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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
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One of the strongest natural proofs of the folly of hereditary right in kings, is, that nature disapproves it, otherwise, she would not so frequently turn it into ridicule by giving mankind an ass for a lion. -- Thomas Paine
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A body of men holding themselves accountable to nobody ought not to be trusted by anybody. -- Thomas Paine
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There are two distinct classes of men - those who pay taxes and those who receive and live upon taxes. -- Thomas Paine
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I have spoken of Jonah, and of the story of him and the whale. - A fit story for ridicule, if it was written to be believed; or of laughter, if it was intended to try what credulity could swallow; for, if it could swallow Jonah and the whale it could swallow anything. -- Thomas Paine
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The most formidable weapon against errors of every kind is reason. -- Thomas Paine
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Taxes are not raised to carry on wars, but that wars are raised to carry on taxes -- Thomas Paine
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If there was ever a just war since the world began, it is this in which America is now engaged. -- Thomas Paine
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As priestcraft was always the enemy of knowledge, because priestcraft supports itself by keeping people in delusion and ignorance, it was consistent with its policy to make the acquisition of knowledge a real sin. -- Thomas Paine
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He that rebels against reason is a real rebel, but he that in defence of reason rebels against tyranny has a better title to Defender of the Faith, than George the Third. -- Thomas Paine
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When an objection cannot be made formidable, there is some policy in trying to make it frightful; and to substitute the yell and the war-whoop, in the place of reason, argument and good order. -- Thomas Paine
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Government has no right to make itself a party in any debates respecting the principles or mode of forming or of changing, constitutions. It is not for the benefit of those who exercise the powers of government, that constitutions, and the governments issuing from them, are established. -- Thomas Paine
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That a thirst for absolute power is the natural disease of monarchy. -- Thomas Paine
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A share in two revolutions is living to some purpose. -- Thomas Paine
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The story of the whale swallowing Jonah, though a whale is large enough to do it, borders greatly on the marvelous; but it would have approached nearer to the idea of a miracle if Jonah had swallowed the whale. -- Thomas Paine
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HOW CAME THE KING BY A POWER WHICH THE PEOPLE ARE AFRAID TO TRUST, AND ALWAYS OBLIGED TO CHECK? Such a power could not be the gift of a wise people, neither can any power, WHICH NEEDS CHECKING, be from God; yet the provision, which the constitution makes, supposes such a power to exist. -- Thomas Paine
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Nothing but heaven is impregnable to vice. -- Thomas Paine
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Therefore we say that a lying Spirit has been in the mouth of the writers of the books of the Bible. -- Thomas Paine
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And as a man, who is attached to a prostitute, is unfitted to choose or judge of a wife, so any prepossession in favour of a rotten constitution of government will disable us from discerning a good one. -- Thomas Paine
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To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason, and whose philosophy consists in holding humanity in contempt, is like administering medicine to the dead, or endeavoring to convert an atheist by scripture. -- 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 error of those who reason by precedents drawn from antiquity, respecting the rights of man, is that they do not go far enough into antiquity. -- Thomas Paine
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But any war is harvest to such Governments, however ruinous it may be to a nation. It serves to keep up deceitful expectations, which prevent a people looking into the defects and abuses of Government. It is the "lo here!" and the "lo there!" that amuses and cheats the multitude. -- 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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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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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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It is a duty incumbent on every true deist, that he vindicates the moral justice of God against the calumnies of the Bible. -- Thomas Paine
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Put us, say some, on the footing we were on in sixty-three: To which I answer, the -- Thomas Paine
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Every Tory is a coward; for servile, slavish, self-interested fear is the foundation of Toryism; and a man under such influence, though he may be cruel, never can be brave. -- Thomas Paine
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"Government," says Swift, "is a plain thing, and fitted to the capacity of many heads." -- Thomas Paine
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The essential psychological requirement of a free society is the willingness on the part of the individual to accept responsibility for his life. - Edith Packer
When the government fears the people, it is liberty. When the people fear the government, it is tyranny. -- Thomas Paine
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No man is prejudiced in favor of a thing, knowing it to be wrong. He is attached to it on the belief of its being right; and when he sees it is not so, the prejudice will be gone. -- Thomas Paine
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The Bill of Rights should contain the general principles of natural and civil liberty. It should be to a community what the eternal laws and obligations of morality are to the conscience. It should be unalterable by any human power ... -- Thomas Paine
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Immediate necessity makes many things convenient, which if continued would grow into oppressions. Expedience and right are different things. -- Thomas Paine
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Those who want to reap the benefits of this great nation must bear the fatigue of supporting it. -- Thomas Paine
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The state of a king shuts him from the world, yet the business of a king requires him to know it thoroughly; -- Thomas Paine
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Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice. -- 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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That there are men in all countries who get their living by war, and by keeping up the quarrels of Nations is as shocking as it is true ... -- Thomas Paine
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Mutual fear is a principal link in the chain of mutual love. -- Thomas Paine
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What is it the Bible teaches us? - repine, cruelty, and murder. What is it the Testament teaches us? - to believe that the Almighty committed debauchery with a woman engaged to be married; and the belief of this debauchery is called faith. -- Thomas Paine
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Action and care will in time wear down the strongest frame, but guilt and melancholy are poisons of quick dispatch. -- Thomas Paine
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It is a faculty of the human mind to become what it contemplates, and to act in unison with its object. -- Thomas Paine
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The abilities of man must fall short on one side or the other, like too scanty a blanket when you are abed. If you pull it upon your shoulders, your feet are left bare; if you thrust it down to your feet, your shoulders are uncovered. -- Thomas Paine
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War is the gambling table of governments, and citizens the dupes of the game. -- Thomas Paine
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I disbelieve all holy men and holy books. -- Thomas Paine
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In a chariot of light from the region of the day, the Goddess of Liberty came. She brought in her hand as a pledge of her love, the plant she named Liberty Tree. -- Thomas Paine
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Let the names of Whig and Tory be extinct; and let none other be heard among us, than those of a good citizen; an open and resolute friend; and a virtuous supporter of the RIGHTS of MANKIND, and of the FREE AND INDEPENDANT STATES OF AMERICA. -- Thomas Paine
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Public money ought to be touched with the most scrupulous consciousness of honor. -- Thomas Paine
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The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow. -- Thomas Paine
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Security being the true design and end of government, it unanswerably follows that whatever form thereof appears most likely to ensure it to us, with the least expence and greatest benefit, is preferable to all others. -- 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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On this question of war, three things are to be considered. First, the right of declaring it: secondly, the expense of supporting it: thirdly, the mode of conducting it after it is declared. -- Thomas Paine
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As my object was not myself, I set out with the determination, and happily with the disposition, of not being moved by praise or censure, friendship or calumny, nor of being drawn from my purpose by any personal altercation; and the man who cannot do this, is not fit for a public character. -- Thomas Paine
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If nobody will be so kind as to become my foe, I shall need no more fleets nor armies, and shall be forced to reduce my taxes. -- Thomas Paine
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From such beginnings of governments, what could be expected, but a continual system of war and extortion? -- Thomas Paine
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The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection. -- Thomas Paine
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Everything wonderful in appearance has been ascribed to angels, to devils, or to saints. Everything ancient has some legendary tale annexed to it. The common operations of nature have not escaped their practice of corrupting everything. -- Thomas Paine
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A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. -- Thomas Paine
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The strength and power of despotism consists wholly in the fear of resistance. -- 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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It will be proper to take a review of the several sources from which governments have arisen, and on which they have been founded. -- Thomas Paine
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The times that tried men's souls are over-and the greatest and completest revolution the world ever knew, gloriously and happily accomplished. -- Thomas Paine
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In reviewing the history of the English Government, its wars and its taxes, a bystander, not blinded by prejudice nor warped by interest, would declare that taxes were not raised to carry on wars, but that wars were raised to carry on taxes. -- Thomas Paine
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It is not because the right principles have been violated, that they are to be abandoned. -- Thomas Paine
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The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark. -- Thomas Paine
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The choicest gift of God [is] the gift of reason. -- Thomas Paine
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Ignorance is of a peculiar nature; once dispelled, it is impossible to reestablish it. It is not originally a thing of itself, but is only the absence of knowledge; and though man may be kept ignorant, he cannot be made ignorant. -- Thomas Paine
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It matters not where you live, or what rank of life you hold, the evil or the blessing will reach you all. -- Thomas Paine
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An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot. -- Thomas Paine
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It is not because a part of the government is elective, that makes it less a despotism, if the persons so elected possess afterwards, as a parliament, unlimited powers. Election, in this case, becomes separated from representation, and the candidates are candidates for despotism. -- Thomas Paine
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Prejudice will fall in a combat with interest. -- Thomas Paine
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If every one is left to judge of his own religion, there is no such thing as a religion that is wrong; but if they are to judge of each other's religion, there is no such thing as a religion that is right; and therefore all the world is right, or all the world is wrong. -- Thomas Paine
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The Christian religion begins with a dream and ends with a murder. -- 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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Beware the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry. -- Thomas Paine
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We have it in our power to begin the world over again. -- 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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A government on the principles on which constitutional governments arising out of society are established, cannot have the right of altering itself. If it had, it would be arbitrary. It might make itself what it pleased; and wherever such a right is set up, it shows there is no constitution. -- 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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Titles are but nicknames, and every nickname is a title. -- Thomas Paine
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Oppression is often the consequence, but seldom or never the means of riches; and though avarice will preserve a man from being necessitously poor, it generally makes him too timorous to be wealthy. -- Thomas Paine
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Where knowledge is a duty, ignorance is a crime. -- Thomas Paine
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One would think that a system loaded with such gross and vulgar absurdities as Scripture religion is could never have obtained credit; yet we have seen what priestcraft and fanaticism can do, and credulity believe. -- Thomas Paine
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Wisdom degenerates in governments as governments increase in age. -- 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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When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon. -- Thomas Paine
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Let the world see that this nation can bear prosperity; and that her honest virtue in time of peace is equal to her bravest valor in time of war. -- Thomas Paine
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It is not in numbers, but in unity, that our great strength lies; yet our present numbers are sufficient to repel the force of all the world -- Thomas Paine
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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
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Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it. -- Thomas Paine
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One good schoolmaster is of more use than a hundred priests. -- Thomas Paine
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Youth is the seed time of good habits, as well in nations as in individuals. -- Thomas Paine
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Men should not petition for rights, but take them -- Thomas Paine
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We feel something like respect for consistency even in error. We lament the virtue that is debauched into a vice; but the vice that affects a virtue becomes the more detestable. -- Thomas Paine
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[A]ll churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Muslim, are simply human inventions. They use fear to enslave us. They are a monopoly for power and profit. -- Thomas Paine
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Tears may soothe the wounds they cannot heal. -- Thomas Paine
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The creation is the Bible of the Deist. He there reads, in the handwriting of the Creator himself, the certainty of His existence and the immutability of His power, and all other Bibles and Testaments are to him forgeries. -- Thomas Paine
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To reason with goverments, as they have existed for ages, is to argue with brutes. It is only from the nations themselves that reforms can be expected -- Thomas Paine
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It is not a God, just and good, but a devil, under the name of God, that the Bible describes. -- Thomas Paine
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Let them call me rebel and welcome, I feel no concern from it; but I should suffer the misery of devils, were I to make a whore of my soul by swearing allegiance to one whose character is that of a sottish, stupid, stubborn, worthless, brutish man. -- Thomas Paine
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The instant formal government is abolished, society begins to act. A general association takes place, and common interest produces common security. -- 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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Most wise men, in their private sentiments, have ever treated hereditary right with contempt; yet -- Thomas Paine
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Whatever has a tendency to promote the civil intercourse of nations by an exchange of benefits is a subject as worthy of philosophy as of politics. -- Thomas Paine
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The whole religious complexion of the modern world is due to the absence from Jerusalem of a lunatic asylum. -- Thomas Paine
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We hold the moral obligation of providing for old age, helpless infancy, and poverty is far superior to that of supplying the invented wants of courtly extravagance. -- Thomas Paine
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If anything had or could have a value equal to gold and silver, it would require no tender law; and if it had not that value it ought not to have such a law; and, therefore, all tender laws are tyrannical and unjust and calculated to support fraud and oppression. -- Thomas Paine
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The greatest tyrannies are always perpetuated in the name of the noblest causes. -- Thomas Paine
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Titles are like a magicians wand which circumscribe human facility and prevent us from living the lives of man. -- Thomas Paine
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I love the man that smiles at trouble: that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. -- Thomas Paine
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(Always remembering, that our strength is continental, not provincial -- Thomas Paine
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Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one. -- Thomas Paine
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To say that any people are not fit for freedom, is to make poverty their choice, and to say they had rather be loaded with taxes than not. -- Thomas Paine
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The New Testament rests itself for credulity and testimony on what are called prophecies in the Old Testament, of the person called Jesus Christ; and if there are no such things as prophecies of any such person in the Old Testament, the New Testament. -- Thomas Paine
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It is difficult beyond description to conceive that space can have no end; but it is more difficult to conceive an end. It is difficult beyond the power of man to conceive an eternal duration of what we call time; but it is more impossible to conceive a time when there shall be no time. -- Thomas Paine
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When my country, into which I had just set my foot, was set on fire about my ears, it was time to stir. It was time for every man to stir. -- Thomas Paine
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Could the straggling thoughts of individuals be collected, they would frequently form materials for wise and able men to improve into useful matter. -- Thomas Paine
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The obscene and vulgar stories in the Bible are as repugnant to our ideas of the purity of a Divine Being, as the horrid cruelties and murders it ascribes to Him are repugnant to our ideas of His justice. -- Thomas Paine
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Those who knew Benjamin Franklin will recollect that his mind was forever young, his temper ever serene; science, that never grows gray, was always his mistress. He was never without an object, for when we cease to have an object, we become like an invalid in a hospital waiting for death. -- Thomas Paine
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Human nature is not of itself vicious. -- 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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Dukhoborcheskaya -- Thomas Paine
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For freemen like brothers agree; With one spirit endured, they one friendship pursued, And their temple was Liberty Tree -- Thomas Paine
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A government or an administration, who means and acts honestly, has nothing to fear, and consequently has nothing to conceal; -- Thomas Paine
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THE WORD OF GOD IS THE CREATION WE BEHOLD: -- Thomas Paine
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The period of debate is closed. Arms, as a last resource, must decide the contest. -- 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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To take away (voting) is to reduce a man to slavery. -- Thomas Paine
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What we obtain too cheaply, we esteem too lightly; it's dearness only that gives everthing its value. -- Thomas Paine
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Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us. -- Thomas Paine
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It is from the power of taxation being in the hands of those who can throw so great a part of it from their own shoulders, that it has raged without a check. -- Thomas Paine
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Independence is my happiness, and I view things as they are, without regard to place or person; my country is the world, and my religion is to do good. -- Thomas Paine
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War involves in its progress such a train of unforeseen circumstances that no human wisdom can calculate the end; it has but one thing certain, and that is to increase taxes. -- Thomas Paine
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Is it not a species of blasphemy to call the New Testament revealed religion, when we see in it such contradictions and absurdities. -- Thomas Paine
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It is a general idea, that when taxes are once laid on, they are never taken off. -- Thomas Paine
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Universal empire is the prerogative of a writer. His concerns are with all mankind, and though he cannot command their obedience,he can assign them their duty. The Republic of Letters is more ancient than monarchy, and of far higher character in the world than the vassal court of Britain. -- Thomas Paine
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But such is the irresistable nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants is the liberty of appearing. -- Thomas Paine
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When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary. -- Thomas Paine
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The sun never shined on a cause of greater worth -- Thomas Paine
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There is something in meanness which excites a species of resentment that never subsides, and something in cruelty which stirs up the heart to the highest agony of human hatred. -- Thomas Paine
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Ye that dare oppose, not only tyranny, but the tyrant, stand forth! -- 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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The idea of hereditary legislators is as inconsistent as that of hereditary judges, or hereditary juries; and as absurd as an hereditary mathematician, or an hereditary wise man; and as ridiculous as an hereditary poet-laureat. -- 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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Prophesying is lying professionally. -- Thomas Paine
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A man will pass better through the world with a thousand open errors upon his back than in being detected in one sly falsehood. When one is detected, a thousand are suspected. -- Thomas Paine
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The age of ignorance commenced with the Christian system. -- Thomas Paine
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Any system of religion that has anything in it that shocks the mind of a child, cannot be true. -- Thomas Paine
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The Vatican is a dagger in the heart of Italy. -- Thomas Paine
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It is the duty of every true Deist to vindicate the moral justice of God against the evils of the Bible. -- Thomas Paine
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There are matters in the Bible, said to be done by the express commandment of God, that are shocking to humanity and to every idea we have of moral justice. -- Thomas Paine
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I do not believe that any two men, on what are called doctrinal points, think alike who think at all. It is only those who have not thought that appear to agree. -- Thomas Paine
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I am sensible that he who means to do mankind a real service must set down with the determination of putting up, and bearing with all their faults, follies, prejudices and mistakes until he can convince them that he is right. -- Thomas Paine
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The birthday of a new world is at hand. -- Thomas Paine
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An army of principles will penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot. Neither the Channel nor the Rhine will arrest its progress. It will march on the horizon of the world and it will conquer. -- 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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Government is not a trade which any man or body of men has a right to set up and exercise for his own emolument, but is altogether a trust, in right of those by whom that trust is delegated, and by whom it is always resumable. It has of itself no rights; they are altogether duties. -- Thomas Paine
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But it is not incumbent on man to reward a bad action with a good one, or to return good for evil; and whenever it is done, it is a voluntary act, and not a duty. It -- Thomas Paine
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Government without a constitution, is a power without a right. -- Thomas Paine
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It is the object only of war that makes it honorable. -- Thomas Paine
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monarchy in every instance is the Popery of government. -- Thomas Paine
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Society is produced by our wants, and government by wickedness; the former promotes our happiness positively by uniting our affections, the latter negatively by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a punisher. -- Thomas Paine
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Give me liberty, or give me death. -- Thomas Paine
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My country is wherever liberty lives. -- Thomas Paine
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And a government which cannot preserve the peace is no government at all, and in that case we pay our money for nothing; -- 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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His [Jesus'] historians, having brought him into the world in a supernatural manner, were obliged to take him out again in the same manner, or the first part of the story must have fallen to the ground. -- Thomas Paine
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The protection of a man's person is more sacred than the protection of his property. -- 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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But from the errors of other nations let us learn wisdom, and lay hold of the present opportunity - to begin government at the right end. -- Thomas Paine
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A bad cause will never be supported by bad means and bad men. -- Thomas Paine
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I choose my life to this free. I choose my life to be this way -- 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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Civilization, or that which is so called, has operated two ways to make one part of society more affluent and the other part more wretched than would have been the lot of either in a natural state. -- Thomas Paine
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Aristocracy has a tendency to degenerate the human species. -- Thomas Paine
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Our greatest enemies, the ones we must fight most often, are within. -- Thomas Paine
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An avidity to punish is always dangerous to liberty. It leads men to stretch, to misinterpret, and to misapply even the best of laws. -- Thomas Paine
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Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man. -- Thomas Paine
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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
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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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For this continent would never suffer itself to be drained of inhabitants, to support the British arms in either Asia, Africa, or Europe. -- Thomas Paine
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Government is a necessary evil -- Thomas Paine
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Virtue is not hereditary. -- Thomas Paine
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He next made arrangements to patent his bridge, and to construct at Rotherham the large model of it exhibited on Paddington Green, London. -- Thomas Paine
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No country can be called free which is governed by an absolute power; and it matters not whether it be an absolute royal power or an absolute legislative power, as the consequences will be the same to the people. -- Thomas Paine
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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. -- Thomas Paine
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It may perhaps be said that it signifies nothing to a man what is done to him after he is dead; but it signifies much to the living; it either tortures their feelings or hardens their hearts ... -- Thomas Paine
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Let them call me rebel, I feel no concern from it. -- Thomas Paine
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Wisdom is not the purchase of a day, and it is no wonder that we should err at the first setting off. -- Thomas Paine
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All this is nothing better than the jargon of a conjuror, who picks up phrases he does not understand to confound the credulous people who come to have their fortune told. Priests and conjurors are of the same trade. -- Thomas Paine
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No nation ought to be without a debt. A national debt is a national bond; and when it bears no interest, is in no case a grievance. -- Thomas Paine
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The Christian system of religion is an outrage on common sense. -- Thomas Paine
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The true greatness of a nation is founded on principles of humanity. -- Thomas Paine
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In mourning the plumage, he forgot the dying bird -- Thomas Paine
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I draw my idea of the form of government from a principle in nature, which no art can overturn, viz. that the more simple any thing is, the less liable it is to be disordered, and the easier repaired when disordered; -- Thomas Paine
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A Democracy is the most vile form of government there is! -- Thomas Paine
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Take away from Genesis the belief that Moses was the author, on which only the strange believe that it is the word of God has stood, and there remains nothing of Genesis but an anonymous book of stories, fables, and traditionary or invented absurdities, or of downright lies. -- Thomas Paine
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Whether we sleep or wake, the vast machinery of the universe still goes on. -- Thomas Paine
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Better fare hard with good men than feast it with bad. -- 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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From the errors of other nations, let us learn wisdom, -- Thomas Paine
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Suspicion and persecution are weeds of the same dunghill, and flourish best together. -- Thomas Paine
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I would not dare so dishonor my Creator's name by attaching it to this filthy book. -- Thomas Paine
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Before anything can be reasoned upon to a conclusion, certain facts, principles, or data, to reason from, must be established, admitted, or denied. -- Thomas Paine
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To believe that God created a plurality of worlds, at least as numerous as what we call stars, renders the Christian faith at once little and ridiculous; and scatters it in the mind like feathers in the air. -- Thomas Paine
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It has been the political career of this man to begin with hypocrisy, proceed with arrogance, and finish with contempt -- Thomas Paine
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Character is much easier kept than recovered. -- Thomas Paine
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Is it because you are sunk in the cruelty of superstition, or feel no interest in the honor of your Creator, that you listen to the horrid tales of the Bible, or hear them with callous indifference? -- Thomas Paine
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Some people can be reasoned into sense, and others must be shocked into it. -- Thomas Paine
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War ought to be no man's wish. -- Thomas Paine
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as in absolute governments the King is law, so in free countries the law OUGHT to be King; and there ought to be no other. But -- Thomas Paine
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It is easy to see that when republican virtue fails, slavery ensues. -- Thomas Paine
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Is the power who is jealous of our prosperity, a proper power to govern us? -- Thomas Paine
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Governments arise either out of the people or over the people. -- Thomas Paine
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Lead, follow, or get out of the way. -- Thomas Paine
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A hereditary monarch is as absurd a position as a hereditary doctor or mathematician. -- Thomas Paine
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Aristocracy is kept up by family tyranny and injustice. -- Thomas Paine
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Evils, like poisons, have their uses, and there are diseases which no other remedy can reach. -- Thomas Paine
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Man did not enter society to be worse off, or to have fewer rights, but rather to have those rights better secured -- Thomas Paine
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Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst. -- Thomas Paine
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Death is not the monarch for the dead, but of the dying. The moment he obtains a conquest he loses a subject. -- Thomas Paine
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In Deism our reason and our belief are happily united. -- Thomas Paine
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Customs will often outlive the remembrance of their origin. -- Thomas Paine
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Christianity is the strangest religion ever set up, for it committed a murder upon Jesus in order to redeem mankind from the sin of eating an apple. -- Thomas Paine
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My own mind is my own church. -- Thomas Paine
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The World is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion. -- 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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Common sense will tell us, that
the power which hath endeavoured to subdue us, is of all others, the
most improper to defend us. -- Thomas Paine
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The United States should be an asylum for the persecuted lovers of civil and religious liberty. -- Thomas Paine
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Wrong cannot have a legal descendant. -- Thomas Paine
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The guilt of a government is the crime of a whole country. -- Thomas Paine
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The Allwise Creator hath been dishonored by being made the author of fable and the human mind degraded by believing it. -- Thomas Paine
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The artificial noble shrinks into a dwarf before the noble of nature; and in the few instances (for there are some in all countries) in whom nature, as by a miracle, has survived in aristocracy, those men despise it. -- Thomas Paine
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The danger to which the success of revolutions is most exposed, is that of attempting them before the principles on which they proceed, and the advantages to result from them, are sufficiently seen and understood. -- Thomas Paine
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I die in perfect composure and resignation to the will of my Creator, God. -- Thomas Paine
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There are injuries which nature cannot forgive; she would cease to be nature if she did. -- Thomas Paine
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It is by tracing things to their origin, that we learn to understand them; and it is by keeping that line and that origin always in view, that we never forget them. -- Thomas Paine
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There exists 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. -- Thomas Paine
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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
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Long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial appearance of being RIGHT, -- Thomas Paine
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How necessary it is at all times to watch against the attempted encroachment of power, and to prevent its running to excess. -- 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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I offer nothing more than simple facts, plain arguments, and common sense. -- Thomas Paine
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If I do not believe as you believe, it proves that you do not believe as I believe, and that is all that it proves. -- Thomas Paine
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I prefer peace. But if trouble must come, let it come in my time, so that my children can live in peace. -- Thomas Paine
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A little matter will move a party, but it must be something great that moves a nation. -- Thomas Paine
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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
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The New Testament, they tell us, is founded upon the prophecies of the Old; if so, it must follow the fate of its foundation. -- Thomas Paine
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You were not contented while you had her, and to weep for her now is childish. -- 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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Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. -- Thomas Paine
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The NT, compared with the Old, is like a farce of one act ... -- Thomas Paine
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Small islands, not capable of protecting themselves, are the proper objects for kingdoms to take under their care; but there is something absurd, in supposing a continent to be perpetually governed by an island. -- Thomas Paine
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Suspicion is the companion of mean souls, and the bane of all good society. -- Thomas Paine
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Liberty cannot be purchased by a wish. -- Thomas Paine
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The mind, in discovering truths, acts in the same manner as it acts through the eye in discovering objects; when once any object has been seen, it is impossible to put the mind back to the same condition it was in before it saw it. -- Thomas Paine
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If they cannot conquer us, they cannot govern us. -- Thomas Paine
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The fact therefore must be that the individuals themselves, each in his own personal and sovereign right, entered into a compact with each other to produce a government: and this is the only mode in which governments have a right to arise, and the only principle on which they have a right to exist. -- 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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No falsehood is so fatal as that which is made an article of faith. -- Thomas Paine
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That which we obtain too easily, we esteem too lightly. -- Thomas Paine
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It is unpleasant to see character throw itself away. -- Thomas Paine