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 :: 1737-1809, Anglo-American Political Theorist, Writer

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The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.
~ Thomas Paine - [Smile]

 

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Suspicion is the companion of mean souls, and the bane of all good society.
~ Thomas Paine - [Suspicion]

 

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A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason.
~ Thomas Paine - [Thoughts and Thinking]

 

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When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon.
~ Thomas Paine - [Thoughts and Thinking]

 

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What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value.
~ Thomas Paine - [Value]

 

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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 - [War]

 

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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 - [Patriotism]

 

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When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.
~ Thomas Paine - [Posterity]

 

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The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.
~ Thomas Paine - [Purpose]

 

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It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry.
~ Thomas Paine - [Questions]

 

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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 - [Religion]

 

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Every religion is good that teaches man to be good; and I know of none that instructs him to be bad.
~ Thomas Paine - [Religion]

 

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It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving; it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe.
~ Thomas Paine - [Integrity]

 

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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 - [Liberty]

 

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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 - [Moderation]

 

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Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.
~ Thomas Paine - [Moderation]

 

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We have it in our power to begin the world over again.
~ Thomas Paine - [New Beginning]

 

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Titles are but nicknames, and every nickname is a title.
~ Thomas Paine - [Nicknames]

 

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The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheaply, we esteem too lightly; 'Tis dearness only that gives everything its value.
~ Thomas Paine - [Obstacles]

 

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Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.
~ Thomas Paine - [Freedom]

 

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