English-American philosopher, author, and activist
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About Thomas Paine
Thomas Paine was an English-American political activist, philosopher, political theorist, and revolutionary.
Before coming to America from England, Thomas Paine worked as an Excise Officer. When he lost his job and his money, Thomas Paine emigrated to America on the recommendation of Benjamin Franklin. On arrival, he got involved in the American Revolution. He wrote a famous pamphlet in 1776 called Common Sense, and it was read by most of the American rebel soldiers. He lived most of his later life in France, participating in the French Revolution. He supported the Girondists and wrote the book Rights of Man while there.
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Famous quotes by Thomas Paine
'Tis the business of little minds to shrink but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.Thomas Paine
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
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
Any system of religion that has anything in it that shocks the mind of a child, cannot be true.Thomas Paine
Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man.Thomas Paine
But such is the irresistable nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants is the liberty of appearing.Thomas Paine
Every religion is good that teaches man to be good and I know of none that instructs him to be bad.Thomas Paine
Every science has for its basis a system of principles as fixed and unalterable as those by which the universe is regulated and governed. Man cannot make principles he can only discover them.Thomas Paine
Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil in its worst state, an intolerable one.Thomas Paine
He that rebels against reason is a real rebel, but he that in defence of reason rebels against tyranny has a better title to Defender of the Faith, than George the Third.Thomas Paine
He who is the author of a war lets loose the whole contagion of hell and opens a vein that bleeds a nation to death.Thomas Paine
Human nature is not of itself vicious.Thomas Paine
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.Thomas Paine
I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.Thomas Paine
I prefer peace. But if trouble must come, let it come in my time, so that my children can live in peace.Thomas Paine
If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.Thomas Paine
Is it not a species of blasphemy to call the New Testament revealed religion, when we see in it such contradictions and absurdities.Thomas Paine
It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry.Thomas Paine
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
It is not a God, just and good, but a devil, under the name of God, that the Bible describes.Thomas Paine
My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.Thomas Paine
Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst.Thomas Paine
One good schoolmaster is of more use than a hundred priests.Thomas Paine
Persecution is not an original feature in any religion but it is always the strongly marked feature of all religions established by law.Thomas Paine
Reputation is what men and women think of us character is what God and angels know of us.Thomas Paine
Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best stage, is but a necessary evil in its worst state an intolerable one.Thomas Paine
Suspicion is the companion of mean souls, and the bane of all good society.Thomas Paine
That God cannot lie, is no advantage to your argument, because it is no proof that priests can not, or that the Bible does not.Thomas Paine
The greatest remedy for anger is delay.Thomas Paine
The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.Thomas Paine
The instant formal government is abolished, society begins to act. A general association takes place, and common interest produces common security.Thomas Paine
The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.Thomas Paine
The strength and power of despotism consists wholly in the fear of resistance.Thomas Paine
The World is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.Thomas Paine
There are matters in the Bible, said to be done by the express commandment of God, that are shocking to humanity and to every idea we have of moral justice.Thomas Paine
These are the times that try men's souls.Thomas Paine
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.Thomas Paine
Those who want to reap the benefits of this great nation must bear the fatigue of supporting it.Thomas Paine
Time makes more converts than reason.Thomas Paine
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
To say that any people are not fit for freedom, is to make poverty their choice, and to say they had rather be loaded with taxes than not.Thomas Paine
War involves in its progress such a train of unforeseen circumstances that no human wisdom can calculate the end it has but one thing certain, and that is to increase taxes.Thomas Paine
We have it in our power to begin the world over again.Thomas Paine
When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon.Thomas Paine
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Thomas Paine was a famous English-American philosopher, author, and activist, who was born on February 9, 1737. As a person born on this date, Thomas Paine is listed in our database as the 5th most popular celebrity for the day (February 9).
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