Quotations From THOMAS PAINE

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  • 1.
    Every religion is good that teaches man to be good; and I know of none that instructs him to be bad.
    Thomas Paine (1737-1809), Anglo-American political theorist, writer. The Rights of Man, pt. 2, ch. 5 (1792). Shelley echoed this sentiment in his Address to the Irish People (1812): "All religions are good which make men good."
  • 2.
    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 (1737-1809), Anglo-American political theorist, writer. "The Author's Profession of Faith," pt. 1, The Age of Reason (1794).

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  • 3.
    The final event to himself has been, that as he rose like a rocket, he fell like the stick.
    Thomas Paine (1737-1809), Anglo-U.S. political theorist, writer. Letter to the Addressers on the Late Proclamation (1792). Referring to Paine's political adversary Edmund Burke.

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    The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it NOW deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.
    Thomas Paine (1737-1809), Anglo-American political theorist, writer. First published in Pennsylvania Journal (December 19, 1776). Introduction to the first of a series of pamphlets entitled "The American Crisis," (December 23, 1776). George Washington ordered this paper to be read to his troops, December 26, 1776, on the eve of the Battle of Trenton, New Jersey.

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  • 5.
    Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.
    Thomas Paine (1737-1809), Anglo-American political theorist, writer. Common Sense (1777). Written as part of a series of pamphlets and entitled The American Crisis IV and signed Common Sense.

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  • 6.
    When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.
    Thomas Paine (1737-1809), Anglo-American political theorist, writer. Common Sense, ch. 4 (1776).

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  • 7.
    Society in every state is a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.
    Thomas Paine (1737-1809), Anglo-U.S. political theorist, writer. Common Sense, ch. 1 (1776).

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  • 8.
    Suspicion is the companion of mean souls, and the bane of all good society.
    Thomas Paine (1737-1809), Anglo-American political theorist, writer. Common Sense (1776).
  • 9.
    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 (1737-1809), Anglo-American political theorist, writer. Common Sense (1777). Written as part of a series of pamphlets and entitled The American Crisis III and signed Common Sense.

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  • 10.
    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 (1737-1809), Anglo-American political theorist, writer. Common Sense (1776). Written as part of a series of pamphlets and entitled The American Crisis II and signed Common Sense.

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