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45 Famous Quotes by Thomas Paine
1/29/1737 - 6/8/1809
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It is the direction and not the magnitude which is to be taken into consideration.

Direction Quotes, by Thomas Paine

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Persecution is not an original feature in any religion; but it is always the strongly marked feature of all religions established by law

Persecution Quotes, by Thomas Paine

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'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.

Principles Quotes, by Thomas Paine

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Suspicion is a mental picture seen through an imaginary keyhole

Suspicion Quotes, by Thomas Paine

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When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary

Virtue Quotes, by Thomas Paine

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

Religion Quotes, by Thomas Paine

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I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and row 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.

Courage Quotes, by Thomas Paine

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

Government Quotes, by Thomas Paine

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I die content, I die for the liberty of my country. [Fr., Je meurs content, je meurs pour la liberte de mon pays.]

Patriotism Quotes, by Thomas Paine , Source: Rights of Man (ch. V)

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Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.

Moderation Quotes, by Thomas Paine

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I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and row 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.

Courage Quotes, by Thomas Paine

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Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value.

Tyranny Quotes, by Thomas Paine

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Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice

Moderation Quotes, by Thomas Paine

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

Patriotism Quotes, by Thomas Paine , Source: Rights of Man (ch. V)

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

Trouble Quotes, by Thomas Paine

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

Questions Quotes, by Thomas Paine

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

Appearance Quotes, by Thomas Paine

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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.

Infidelity Quotes, by Thomas Paine

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The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow

Overcoming Quotes, by Thomas Paine

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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

Reflection Quotes, by Thomas Paine

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The study of theology, as it stands in the Christian churches, is the study of nothing; it is founded on nothing; it rests on no principles; it proceeds by no authority; it has no data; it can demonstrate nothing; and it admits of no conclusion

Theology Quotes, by Thomas Paine

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Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice

Virtue Quotes, by Thomas Paine

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The sublime and ridiculous are often so nearly related that it is difficult to class them separately. One step below the sublime makes the ridiculous and one step above the ridiculous makes the sublime again.

Ridicule Quotes, by Thomas Paine , Source: The Age of Reason (pt. II)

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The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheaply, we esteem too lightly; 'Tis dearness only that gives everything its value.

Obstacles Quotes, by Thomas Paine

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These are the times that try men's souls.

Crisis Quotes, by Thomas Paine

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