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It is with a pious fraud as with a bad action; it begets a calamitous necessity of going on.
—  Thomas Paine
He whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.
—  Thomas Paine
Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation is principle is always a vice.
—  Thomas Paine
Infidelity does not consist in believing or in disbelieving: it consists in professing to believe what one does not believe.
—  Thomas Paine
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
It is the object only of war that makes it honorable. And if there was ever a just war since the world began, it is this in which America is now engages.
—  Thomas Paine
The sublime and the ridiculous are often so nearly related, that it is difficult to class them separately. One step above the sublime makes the ridiculous, and one step above the ridiculous makes the sublime again.
—  Thomas Paine
War involves in its progress such a train of unforeseen and unsupposed circumstances that no human wisdom can calculate the end. It has but one thing certain, and that is to increase taxes.
—  Thomas Paine
Suspicion is the companion of mean souls, and the bane of all good society.
—  Thomas Paine
What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value.
—  Thomas Paine
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 always a vice.
—  Thomas Paine
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
When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.
—  Thomas Paine
Give to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself that is my doctrine.
—  Thomas Paine
The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country.
—  Thomas Paine
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.
—  Thomas Paine
It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry.
—  Thomas Paine
All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.
—  Thomas Paine
It is necessary to the happiness of a man that he be mentally faithful to himself.
—  Thomas Paine
Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us.
—  Thomas Paine
The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.
—  Thomas Paine
If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.
—  Thomas Paine
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. But their peculiar advantage is, that they are the touchstone of sincerity and hypocrisy, and bring things and men to light, which might have lain forever undiscovered.
—  Thomas Paine
A bad cause will ever be supported by bad means and bad men.
—  Thomas Paine
I believe in one God and no more, and I hope for happiness beyond this life. 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
The United States of America will sound as pompously in the world or in history as The Kingdom of Great Britain.
—  Thomas Paine
Such is the irresistible nature of truth that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.
—  Thomas Paine
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
When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon.
—  Thomas Paine
Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst.
—  Thomas Paine
Public money ought to be touched with the most scrupulous conscientiousness of honor. It is not the produce of riches only, but of the hard earnings of labor and poverty. It is drawn even from the bitterness of want and misery. Not a beggar passes, or perishes in the streets, whose mite is not in that mass.
—  Thomas Paine
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
Not a place on earth might be so happy as America. Her situation is remote from all the wreangling world, and she has nothing to do but to trade with them.
—  Thomas Paine

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