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Thomas Paine's quotes
"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection."
"I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish church, by the Roman church, by the Greek church, by the Turkish church, by the Protestant church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my own church."
"He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach himself."
"Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one."
"From such beginnings of governments, what could be expected, but a continual system of war and extortion?"
"Character is much easier kept than recovered."
"But such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants is the liberty of appearing."
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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."
"A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right."
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