Thomas Paine (Writer)

#13705 Thomas Paine

The circumstances of the world are continually changing, and the opinions of man change also; and as government is for the living, and not for the dead, it is the living only that has any right in it. .

Thomas Paine Quotes about change
#13707 Thomas Paine

Where knowledge is a duty, ignorance is a crime. .

Thomas Paine Quotes about knowledge
#13708 Thomas Paine

It is fromthat man has learned cruelty, rapine, and murder; for the belief of a cruel God makes a cruel man. .

Thomas Paine Quotes about belief
#13709 Thomas Paine

The christian religion is a parody on the worship of the Sun, in which they put a man whom they call , in the place of the Sun, and pay him the same adoration which was originally paid to the Sun. .

Thomas Paine Quotes about religion
#13710 Thomas Paine

War involves in its progress such a train of unforeseen and unsupposed circumstances ... that no human wisdom can calculate the end. .

Thomas Paine Quotes about wisdom
#13711 Thomas Paine

First published 10 January 1776, the most commonly reproduced edition is the third, published on 14 February 1776. .

Thomas Paine
#13712 Thomas Paine

Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not YET sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favour... Time makes more converts than reason. .

Thomas Paine Quotes about time
#13713 Thomas Paine

Who the Author of this Production is, is wholly unnecessary to the Public, as the Object for Attention is the DOCTRINE ITSELF, not the MAN. Yet it may not be unnecessary to say, That he is unconnected with any Party, and under no sort of Influence public or private, but the influence of reason and principle. .

Thomas Paine Quotes about art
#13714 Thomas Paine

There is something exceedingly ridiculous in the composition of monarchy; it first excludes a man from the means of information, yet empowers him to act in cases where the highest judgment is required. .

Thomas Paine Quotes about power
#13715 Thomas Paine

Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil. .

Thomas Paine Quotes about men
#13716 Thomas Paine

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

Thomas Paine Quotes about power
#13717 Thomas Paine

Some writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins. Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness; the former promotes our happiness POSITIVELY by uniting our affections, the latter NEGATIVELY by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first a patron, the last a punisher. .

Thomas Paine Quotes about happiness
#13718 Thomas Paine

Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not YET sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favour; 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. .

Thomas Paine Quotes about time
#13719 Thomas Paine

The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind. Many circumstances hath, and will arise, which are not local, but universal, and through which the principles of all Lovers of Mankind are affected, and in the Event of which, their Affections are interested. The laying a Country desolate with Fire and Sword, declaring War against the natural rights of all Mankind, and extirpating the Defenders thereof from the Face of the Earth, is the Concern of every Man to whom Nature hath given the Power of feeling; of which Class, regardless of Party Censure, is the AUTHOR. .

Thomas Paine Quotes about art
#13721 Thomas Paine

Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries BY A GOVERNMENT, which we might expect in a country WITHOUT GOVERNMENT, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer. .

Thomas Paine Quotes about men
#13722 Thomas Paine

WHEREFORE, security being the true design and end of government, it unanswerably follows, that whatever FORM thereof appears most likely to ensure it to us, with the least expense and greatest benefit, is preferable to all others. .

Thomas Paine Quotes about men
#13723 Thomas Paine

Of more worth is one honest man to society and in the sight of God, than all the crowned ruffians that ever lived. .

Thomas Paine Quotes about society
#13724 Thomas Paine

It is pleasant to observe by what regular gradation we surmount the force of local prejudice as we enlarge our acquaintance with the world. .

Thomas Paine Quotes about world
#13725 Thomas Paine

O! ye that love mankind! Ye that dare oppose not only tyranny but the tyrant, stand forth! Every spot of the Old World is overrun with oppression. Freedom hath been hunted round the globe. Asia and Africa have long expelled her. Europe regards her like a stranger and England hath given her warning to depart. O! receive the fugitive and prepare in time an asylum for mankind. .

Thomas Paine Quotes about love
#13726 Thomas Paine

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

Thomas Paine Quotes about virtue
#13727 Thomas Paine

The sun never shined on a cause of greater worth. 'Tis not the affair of a city, a country, a province, or a kingdom, but of a continent—of at least one eighth part of the habitable globe. 'Tis not the concern of a day, a year, or an age; posterity are virtually involved in the contest, and will be more or less affected, even to the end of time, by the proceedings now. Now is the seed time of continental union, faith and honor. The least fracture now will be like a name engraved with the point of a pin on the tender rind of a young oak; The wound will enlarge with the tree, and posterity read it in full grown characters. .

Thomas Paine Quotes about faith
#13728 Thomas Paine

It is of the utmost danger to society to make it (religion) a party in political disputes. .

Thomas Paine Quotes about religion
#13729 Thomas Paine

Mingling religion with politics may be disavowed and reprobated by every inhabitant of America. .

Thomas Paine Quotes about religion
#13730 Thomas Paine

I bid you farewell, sincerely wishing, that as men and christians, ye may always fully and uninterruptedly enjoy every civil and religious right. .

Thomas Paine Quotes about joy
#13732 Thomas Paine

Hereditary succession has no claim. For all men being originally equals, no one by birth could have the right to set up his own family in perpetual preference to all others for ever, and tho' himself might deserve some decent degree of honours of his contemporaries, yet his descendants might be far too unworthy to inherit them. .

Thomas Paine Quotes about success
#13733 Thomas Paine

I offer nothing more than simple facts, plain arguments, and common sense. .

Thomas Paine Quotes about men
#13734 Thomas Paine

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. .

Thomas Paine Quotes about thinking
#13735 Thomas Paine

Society is produced by our wants, and government by wickedness; the former promotes our happiness positively by uniting our affections, the latter negatively by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a punisher. Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil. .

Thomas Paine Quotes about happiness
#13736 Thomas Paine

In the early ages of the world, according to the Scripture chronology there were no kings; the consequence of which was, there were no wars; it is the pride of kings which throws mankind into confusion. .

Thomas Paine Quotes about war
#13737 Thomas Paine

Every thing that is right or natural pleads for separation. The blood of the slain, the weeping voice of nature cries, 'tis time to part. .

Thomas Paine Quotes about time
#13738 Thomas Paine

Government by kings was first introduced into the world by the Heathens, from whom the children of Israel copied the custom. It was the most prosperous invention the Devil ever set on foot for the promotion of idolatry. .

Thomas Paine Quotes about children
#13739 Thomas Paine

But where, say some, is the King of America? I'll tell you, friend, he reigns above, and doth not make havoc of mankind like the Royal Brute of Great Britain... so far as we approve of monarchy, that in America the law is king. .

Thomas Paine Quotes about man
#13740 Thomas Paine

O ye that love mankind! Ye that dare oppose, not only the tyranny, but the tyrant, stand forth! Every spot of the old world is overrun with oppression. Freedom hath been hunted round the globe. Asia, and Africa, have long expelled her — Europe regards her like a stranger, and England hath given her warning to depart. O! receive the fugitive, and prepare in time an asylum for mankind. .

Thomas Paine Quotes about love
#13741 Thomas Paine

We have every opportunity and every encouragement before us, to form the noblest purest constitution on the face of the earth. We have it in our power to begin the world over again. A situation, similar to the present, hath not happened since the days of Noah until now. The birthday of a new world is at hand, and a race of men, perhaps as numerous as all Europe contains, are to receive their portion of freedom from the event of a few months. .

Thomas Paine Quotes about freedom
#13742 Thomas Paine

Wherefore, since nothing but blows will do, for God's sake let us come to a final separation. .

Thomas Paine Quotes about sin
#13743 Thomas Paine

Small islands not capable of protecting themselves are the proper objects for kingdoms to take under their care; but there is something very absurd in supposing a continent to be perpetually governed by an island. .

Thomas Paine Quotes about absurd
#13744 Thomas Paine

But there is another and greater distinction for which no truly natural or religious reason can be assigned, and that is, the distinction of men into KINGS and SUBJECTS. Male and female are the distinctions of nature, good and bad the distinctions of heaven; but how a race of men came into the world so exalted above the rest, and distinguished like some new species, is worth enquiring into, and whether they are the means of happiness or of misery to mankind. .

Thomas Paine Quotes about happiness
#13745 Thomas Paine

THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. .

Thomas Paine Quotes about love
#13746 Thomas Paine

I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. .

Thomas Paine Quotes about love
#13747 Thomas Paine

'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 Quotes about death
#13748 Thomas Paine

Though the flame of liberty may sometimes cease to shine, the coal can never expire. .

Thomas Paine Quotes about time
#13749 Thomas Paine

THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. 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. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated. .

Thomas Paine Quotes about love
#13752 Thomas Paine

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

Thomas Paine Quotes about peace
#13753 Thomas Paine

A man can distinguish himself between temper and principle, and I am as confident, as I am that God governs the world, that America will never be happy till she gets clear of foreign dominion. Wars, without ceasing, will break out till that period arrives, and the continent must in the end be conqueror; for though the flame of liberty may sometimes cease to shine, the coal can never expire. .

Thomas Paine Quotes about time
#13754 Thomas Paine

Wisdom is not the purchase of a day, and it is no wonder that we should err at the first setting off. .

Thomas Paine Quotes about wonder
#13755 Thomas Paine

America could carry on a two years' war by the confiscation of the property of disaffected persons, and be made happy by their expulsion. Say not that this is revenge, call it rather the soft resentment of a suffering people, who, having no object in view but the good of all, have staked their own all upon a seemingly doubtful event. Yet it is folly to argue against determined hardness; eloquence may strike the ear, and the language of sorrow draw forth the tear of compassion, but nothing can reach the heart that is steeled with prejudice. .

Thomas Paine Quotes about war
#13756 Thomas Paine

He that rebels against reason is a real rebel, but he that in defence of reason, rebels against tyranny, has a better title to "defender of the faith" than George the Third. .

Thomas Paine Quotes about faith
#13757 Thomas Paine

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

Thomas Paine Quotes about freedom
#13758 Thomas Paine

Men who are sincere in defending their freedom, will always feel concern at every circumstance which seems to make against them; it is the natural and honest consequence of all affectionate attachments, and the want of it is a vice. But the dejection lasts only for a moment; they soon rise out of it with additional vigor; the glow of hope, courage and fortitude, will, in a little time, supply the place of every inferior passion, and kindle the whole heart into heroism. .

Thomas Paine Quotes about hope
#13759 Thomas Paine

There is a mystery in the countenance of some causes, which we have not always present judgment enough to explain. It is distressing to see an enemy advancing into a country, but it is the only place in which we can beat them, and in which we have always beaten them, whenever they made the attempt. The nearer any disease approaches to a crisis, the nearer it is to a cure. Danger and deliverance make their advances together, and it is only the last push, in which one or the other takes the lead. .

Thomas Paine Quotes about men

Share your thoughts on Thomas Paine quotes with the community:

Maybe you are looking for Thomas Paine quotes, Thomas Paine sayings?

Home Social Quotes
101sharequotes.com
Authors
Topics
101sharequotes on Facebook
101sharequotes on Google+
Quotes
Motivational quotes
Inspirational quotes
Life quotes
Love quotes
Funny quotes
Success quotes
Friendship quotes