Thomas Paine Quotes

A man does not serve God when he prays, for it is himself he is trying to serve

Thomas Paine

He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.

Thomas Paine

When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon.

Thomas Paine

Though the flame of liberty may sometimes cease to shine, the coal can never expire

Thomas Paine

We have it in our power to begin the world over again.

Thomas Paine

Prejudice, like the spider, makes everywhere its home. It has neither taste nor choice of place, and all that it requires is room. If the one prepares her food by poisoning it to her palate and her use, the other does the same. Prejudice may be denominated the spider of the mind.

Thomas Paine

Compassion, the fairest associate of the heart.

Thomas Paine

We can only reason from what is; we can reason on actualities, but not on possibilities

Thomas Paine

Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.

Thomas Paine

Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice

Thomas Paine

If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.

Thomas Paine

Most other passions have their periods of fatigue and rest, their suffering and their cure; but obstinacy has no resource, and the first wound is mortal.

Thomas Paine

It is the direction and not the magnitude which is to be taken into consideration.

Thomas Paine

Suspicion is the companion of mean souls, and the bane of all good society.

Thomas Paine

These repeated forgeries and falsifications create a well-founded suspicion that all the cases spoken of concerning the person called Jesus Christ are made cases, on purpose to lug in, and that very clumsily, some broken sentences from the Old Testam.

Thomas Paine

Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.

Thomas Paine
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