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Thomas Paine's quotes
"Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one."
"When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon."
"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."
"We have it in our power to begin the world over again."
"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
"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
"Lead, follow, or get out of the way."
"That government is best which governs least."
"What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly."
"From such beginnings of governments, what could be expected, but a continual system of war and extortion?"
"Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us."
"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection."
"Time makes more converts than reason."
"The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph."
"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
"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."
"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."
"My mind is my own church."
"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."
"Character is much easier kept than recovered."
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