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Thomas Paine's quotes
"'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."
"When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon."
"What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly."
"We have it in our power to begin the world over again."
"We can only reason from what is; we can reason on actualities, but not on possibilities."
"Virtues are acquired through endeavor, Which rests wholly upon yourself. So, to praise others for their virtues can but encourage one's own efforts."
"Time makes more converts than reason."
"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
"There are two distinct classes of what are called thoughts: those that we produce in ourselves by reflection and the act of thinking and those that bolt into the mind of their own accord."
"The whole religious complexion of the modern world is due to the absence from Jerusalem of a lunatic asylum."
"The Vatican is a dagger in the heart of Italy."
"The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly. 'Tis dearness only that gives everything its value."
"The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph."
"The greatest remedy for anger is delay."
"That government is best which governs least."
"Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us."
"My mind is my own church."
"Lead, follow, or get out of the way."
"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."
War & Peace
"It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society. When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime."
Truth & Lies
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