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45 Famous Quotes by Thomas Paine
1/29/1737 - 6/8/1809
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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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Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.

Reason 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.

Politics / government Quotes, by Thomas Paine

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It is not a field of a few acres of ground, but a cause, that we are defending, and whether we defeat the enemy in one battle, or by ;degrees, the consequences will be the same.

Cause Quotes, by Thomas Paine

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A bad cause will never be supported by bad means and bad men.

Cause 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.

Country 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 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.

Death / immortality Quotes, by Thomas Paine

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Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.

Freedom Quotes, by Thomas Paine

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We fight not to enslave, but to set a country free, and to make room upon the earth for honest men to live in.

Freedom Quotes, by Thomas Paine

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Action and care will in time wear down the strongest frame, but guilt and melancholy are poisons of quick dispatch.

Guilt 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. -Thomas Paine.

Heart-quotes Quotes, by Thomas Paine

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Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.

Liberty Quotes, by Thomas Paine

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He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.

Oppression Quotes, by Thomas Paine

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My mind is my own church.

Religion / beliefs Quotes, by Thomas Paine

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It is necessary to the happiness of a man that he be mentally faithful to himself.

Self-respect 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, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason.

Thinking Quotes, by Thomas Paine

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When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon.

Thought Quotes, by Thomas Paine

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What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value.

Value Quotes, by Thomas Paine

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We have it in our power to begin the world over again.

World Quotes, by Thomas Paine

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