Thomas Paine Quotes



"I thank God, that I fear not."

"Human nature is not of itself vicious."

“These are the times that try men's souls.”

"The greatest remedy for anger is delay."

"Time makes more converts than reason."

"Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered;"

"Character is much easier kept than recovered."

"The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph."

"It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry."

That which we obtain too easily, we esteem too lightly."

"My country is the world, and my religion is to do good."

"The most formidable weapon against errors of every kind is reason."

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

"Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst."

"Virtues are acquired through endeavor, Which rests wholly upon yourself."

"I believe in one God, and no more; and I hope for happiness beyond this life."

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

"The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion."

"A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right."

"The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection."

"Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us."

"Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one."

"Every religion is good that teaches man to be good; and I know of none that instructs him to be bad."

"It matters not where you live, or what rank of life you hold, the evil or the blessing will reach you all."

"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."

"We fight not to enslave, but to set a country free, and to make room upon the earth for honest men to live in."

"Of more worth is one honest man to society, and in the sight of God, than all the crowned ruffians that ever lived."

"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."

"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."

"Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated."

"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."

"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."

"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."

"Britain, with an army to enforce her tyranny, has declared that she has a right (not only to TAX) but "to BIND us in ALL CASES WHATSOEVER," and if being bound in that manner, is not slavery, then is there not such a thing as slavery upon earth."

"There are persons, too, who see not the full extent of the evil which threatens them; they solace themselves with hopes that the enemy, if he succeed, will be merciful. It is the madness of folly, to expect mercy from those who have refused to do justice; and even mercy, where conquest is the object, is only a trick of war; the cunning of the fox is as murderous as the violence of the wolf, and we ought to guard equally against both."

Compiled by Thomas George
editor@Wisdom-of-the-Wise.com