Thomas Paine

(1737-1809 / the USA)

Thomas Paine Quotes

  • ''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).
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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 (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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  • ''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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  • ''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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  • ''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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  • ''Everything that is right or natural pleads for separation. The blood of the slain, the weeping voice of nature cries, 'tis time to part.''
    Thomas Paine (1737-1809), Anglo-American political theorist, writer. Common Sense (1776).
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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 (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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  • ''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 (1737-1809), Anglo-American political theorist, writer. "Conclusion," pt. 1, The Rights of Man (1791).
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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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  • ''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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Best Poem of Thomas Paine

The Death Of General Wolfe

In a mouldering cave where the wretched retreat,
Britannia sat wasted with care;
She mourned for her Wolfe, and exclaim'd against fate
And gave herself up to despair.
The walls of her cell she had sculptured around
With the feats of her favorite son;
And even the dust, as it lay on the ground,
Was engraved with the deeds he had done.

The sire of the Gods, from his crystalline throne,
Beheld the disconsolate dame,
And moved with her tears, he sent Mercury down,
And these were the tidings that came:
'Britannia forbear, not a sigh nor a tear
For ...

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An Address To Lord Howe

The rain pours down, the city looks forlorn,
And gloomy subjects suit the howling morn;
Close by my fire, with door and window fast,
And safely shelter'd from the driving blast,
To gayer thoughts I bid a day's adieu,
To spend a scene of solitude with you.

So oft has black revenge engross'd the care
Of all the leisure hours man finds to spare;