Happiness is the only good. The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy is to make others so.
In the republic of mediocrity, genius is dangerous.
Anger blows out the lamp of the mind
Insolence is not logic; epithets are the arguments of malice
I am the inferior of any man whose rights I trample under foot.
Courage without conscience is a wild beast.
Civilization has gotten further and further from the so-called 'natural' man, who uses all his faculties: perception, invention, improvisation.
Every man who expresses an honest thought is a soldier in the army of intellectual liberty
The only thing that makes life endurable in this world is human love, and yet, according to Christianity, that is the very thing that we are not to have in the other world. We are to be so taken up with Jesus and angels, that we shall care nothing about our brothers and sisters that have been damned. We shall be so carried away with the music of the harp that we shall not even hear the wail of father and mother. Such a religion is a disgrace to human nature.
A mule has neither pride of ancestry nor hope of posterity.
The Declaration of Independence was a denial, and the first denial of a nation, of the infamous dogma that God confers the right upon one man to govern others.
A good deed is the best prayer.
When the will defies fear, when duty throws the gauntlet down to fate, when honor scorns to compromise with death - that is heroism.
He (Thomas Paine) saw oppression on every hand; injustice everywhere; hypocrisy at the altar; venality on the bench, tyranny on the throne; and with a splendid courage he espoused the cause of the weak against the strong.