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
In all ages, hypocrites, called priests, have put crowns upon the heads of thieves, called kings.
Happiness is not a reward / it is a consequence. Suffering is not a punishment / it is a result.
Our hope of immortality does not come from any religions, but nearly all religions come from that hope
What has religion to do with facts? Nothing
Religion is one of the phases of thought through which the world is passing
Religion has not civilized man, man has civilized religion.
In the republic of mediocrity, genius is dangerous
There is the same difference between talent and genius that there is between a stone mason and a sculptor
Labor is the only prayer that Nature answers.
Kindness is the sunshine in which virtue grows.
There can be but little liberty on earth while men worship a tyrant in heaven.
If the people were a little more ignorant, astrology would flourish - if a little more enlightened, religion would perish.
The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.
The undressed is vulgar - the nude is pure