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100 Great Quotes By Thomas Paine That Are Sure To Awaken You

Famous As: Founding Father of the United States
Born On: January 29, 1737
Died On: June 8, 1809
Born In: Thetford, England
Died At Age: 72

Thomas Paine was an illustrious English-American philosopher, revolutionary, political activist, and political theorist. In 1776, he stimulated the patriots to declare independence from Great Britain. He also penned two prominent pamphlets at the beginning of the ‘American Revolution.’ His pamphlet ‘Common Sense’ was one of the most powerful and all-time best-selling American titles that worked as a catalyst for independence from Great Britain. His pro-revolutionary pamphlet series ‘The American Crisis’ was also very influential. We have curated some inspiring and motivational quotes by Thomas Paine, which have been excerpted from his letters, thoughts, writings, ideals, public utterances, speeches, works, and life. Zoom through enlightening and thought-provoking quotes by Thomas Paine on law, soldiers, religion, mankind, posterity, women, character, death, praise, liberty, beliefs, and rights that are sure to inspire you.

The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark.

The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark.

Thomas Paine
These are the times that try men's souls.

These are the times that try men's souls.

Thomas Paine
Independence is my happiness, and I view things as they are, without regard to place or person; my country is the world, and my religion is to do good.

Independence is my happiness, and I view things as they are, without regard to place or person; my country is the world, and my religion is to do good.

Thomas Paine
Whatever is my right as a man is also the right of another; and it becomes my duty to guarantee as well as to possess.

Whatever is my right as a man is also the right of another; and it becomes my duty to guarantee as well as to possess.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thomas Paine
One good schoolmaster is of more use than a hundred priests.

One good schoolmaster is of more use than a hundred priests.

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

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

Thomas Paine
The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.

The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.

Thomas Paine
Character is much easier kept than recovered.

Character is much easier kept than recovered.

Thomas Paine
A body of men holding themselves accountable to nobody ought not to be trusted by anybody.

A body of men holding themselves accountable to nobody ought not to be trusted by anybody.

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

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

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The greatest remedy for anger is delay.

The greatest remedy for anger is delay.

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

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

Thomas Paine
Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.

Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.

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My own mind is my own church.

My own mind is my own church.

Thomas Paine
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.

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.

Thomas Paine
Time makes more converts than reason.

Time makes more converts than reason.

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

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

Thomas Paine
Let them call me a rebel and welcome. I feel no concern from it. But should I suffer the misery of devils, were I to make a whore of my soul.

Let them call me a rebel and welcome. I feel no concern from it. But should I suffer the misery of devils, were I to make a whore of my soul.

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If I do not believe as you believe, it proves that you do not believe as I believe, and that is all that it proves.

If I do not believe as you believe, it proves that you do not believe as I believe, and that is all that it proves.

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Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.

Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.

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

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

Thomas Paine
One of the strongest natural proofs of the folly of hereditary right in kings, is, that nature disapproves it, otherwise, she would not so frequently turn it into ridicule by giving mankind an ass for a lion.

One of the strongest natural proofs of the folly of hereditary right in kings, is, that nature disapproves it, otherwise, she would not so frequently turn it into ridicule by giving mankind an ass for a lion.

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The Christian religion is a parody on the worship of the sun, in which they put a man called Christ in the place of the sun, and pay him the adoration originally payed to the sun.

The Christian religion is a parody on the worship of the sun, in which they put a man called Christ in the place of the sun, and pay him the adoration originally payed to the sun.

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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.

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.

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

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

Thomas Paine
He who dares not offend cannot be honest.

He who dares not offend cannot be honest.

Thomas Paine
From the errors of other nations, let us learn wisdom,

From the errors of other nations, let us learn wisdom,

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All the tales of miracles, with which the Old and New Testament are filled, are fit only for impostors to preach and fools to believe.

All the tales of miracles, with which the Old and New Testament are filled, are fit only for impostors to preach and fools to believe.

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That there are men in all countries who get their living by war, and by keeping up the quarrels of Nations is as shocking as it is true...

That there are men in all countries who get their living by war, and by keeping up the quarrels of Nations is as shocking as it is true...

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Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving; it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe.

Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving; it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe.

Thomas Paine
Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property... Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them.

Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property... Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them.

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

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

Thomas Paine
...taxes are not raised to carry on wars, but that wars are raised to carry on taxes

...taxes are not raised to carry on wars, but that wars are raised to carry on taxes

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Government, like dress, is the badge of lost innocence; the palaces of kings are built on the ruins of the bowers of paradise.

Government, like dress, is the badge of lost innocence; the palaces of kings are built on the ruins of the bowers of paradise.

Thomas Paine
Man did not enter society to be worse off, or to have fewer rights, but rather to have those rights better secured

Man did not enter society to be worse off, or to have fewer rights, but rather to have those rights better secured

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The most formidable weapon against errors of every kind is reason. I have never used any other, and I trust I never shall.

The most formidable weapon against errors of every kind is reason. I have never used any other, and I trust I never shall.

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.

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.

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An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot.

An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot.

Thomas Paine
The cause of America is in great measure the cause of all mankind.

The cause of America is in great measure the cause of all mankind.

Thomas Paine
To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Thomas Paine
Nothing, they say is more certain than death, and nothing more uncertain than the time of dying

Nothing, they say is more certain than death, and nothing more uncertain than the time of dying

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But such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.

But such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.

Thomas Paine
The whole religious complexion of the modern world is due to the absence from Jerusalem of a lunatic asylum.

The whole religious complexion of the modern world is due to the absence from Jerusalem of a lunatic asylum.

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

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

Thomas Paine
Common sense will tell us, that
the power which hath endeavoured to subdue us, is of all others, the
most improper to defend us.

Common sense will tell us, that the power which hath endeavoured to subdue us, is of all others, the most improper to defend us.

Thomas Paine
Better fare hard with good men than feast it with bad.

Better fare hard with good men than feast it with bad.

Thomas Paine
To believe that God created a plurality of worlds, at least as numerous as what we call stars, renders the Christian faith at once little and ridiculous; and scatters it in the mind like feathers in the air.

To believe that God created a plurality of worlds, at least as numerous as what we call stars, renders the Christian faith at once little and ridiculous; and scatters it in the mind like feathers in the air.

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That government is best which governs least.

That government is best which governs least.

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

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

Thomas Paine
To reason with goverments, as they have existed for ages, is to argue with brutes. It is only from the nations themselves that reforms can be expected

To reason with goverments, as they have existed for ages, is to argue with brutes. It is only from the nations themselves that reforms can be expected

Thomas Paine
Man cannot make principles, he can only discover them.

Man cannot make principles, he can only discover them.

Thomas Paine
He that is the author of war lets loose the whole contagion of hell and opens a vein that bleeds a nation to death.

He that is the author of war lets loose the whole contagion of hell and opens a vein that bleeds a nation to death.

Thomas Paine
But where, says 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 Britain.

But where, says 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 Britain.

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It was needless, after this, to say that all was vanity and vexation of spirit; for it is impossible to derive happiness from the company of those whom we deprive of happiness.

It was needless, after this, to say that all was vanity and vexation of spirit; for it is impossible to derive happiness from the company of those whom we deprive of happiness.

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Whether we sleep or wake, the vast machinery of the universe still goes on.

Whether we sleep or wake, the vast machinery of the universe still goes on.

Thomas Paine
There exists in man a mass of sense lying in a dormant state, and which, unless something excites it to action, will descend with him, in that condition,to the grave.

There exists in man a mass of sense lying in a dormant state, and which, unless something excites it to action, will descend with him, in that condition,to the grave.

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What we obtain too cheaply, we esteem too lightly; it's dearness only that gives everthing its value.

What we obtain too cheaply, we esteem too lightly; it's dearness only that gives everthing its value.

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It is not in numbers, but in unity, that our great strength lies; yet our present numbers are sufficient to repel the force of all the world

It is not in numbers, but in unity, that our great strength lies; yet our present numbers are sufficient to repel the force of all the world

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I love the man that smiles at trouble: that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection.

I love the man that smiles at trouble: that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection.

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

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

Thomas Paine
Could the straggling thoughts of individuals be collected, they would frequently form materials for wise and able men to improve into useful matter.

Could the straggling thoughts of individuals be collected, they would frequently form materials for wise and able men to improve into useful matter.

Thomas Paine
And as a man, who is attached to a prostitute, is unfitted to choose or judge of a wife, so any prepossession in favour of a rotten constitution of government will disable us from discerning a good one.

And as a man, who is attached to a prostitute, is unfitted to choose or judge of a wife, so any prepossession in favour of a rotten constitution of government will disable us from discerning a good one.

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

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

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It is important that we should never lose sight of this distinction. We must not confuse the peoples with their governments...

It is important that we should never lose sight of this distinction. We must not confuse the peoples with their governments...

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Suspicion is the companion of mean souls, and the bane of all good society.

Suspicion is the companion of mean souls, and the bane of all good society.

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Reason obeys itselt; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.

Reason obeys itselt; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.

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Where knowledge is a duty, ignorance is a crime.

Where knowledge is a duty, ignorance is a crime.

Thomas Paine
I prefer peace, but if trouble must come, let it be in my time that my children may know peace.

I prefer peace, but if trouble must come, let it be in my time that my children may know peace.

Thomas Paine
That which we obtain too easily, we esteem lightly.

That which we obtain too easily, we esteem lightly.

Thomas Paine
A hereditary monarch is as absurd a position as a hereditary doctor or mathematician.

A hereditary monarch is as absurd a position as a hereditary doctor or mathematician.

Thomas Paine
An army of principles will penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot. Neither the Channel nor the Rhine will arrest its progress. It will march on the horizon of the world and it will conquer.

An army of principles will penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot. Neither the Channel nor the Rhine will arrest its progress. It will march on the horizon of the world and it will conquer.

Thomas Paine
Arguing with one who will not accept facts is like administering medicine to the dead.

Arguing with one who will not accept facts is like administering medicine to the dead.

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He who denies to another this right, makes a slave of himself to his present opinion, because he precludes himself the right of changing it. The most formidable weapon against errors of every kind is Reason.

He who denies to another this right, makes a slave of himself to his present opinion, because he precludes himself the right of changing it. The most formidable weapon against errors of every kind is Reason.

Thomas Paine
The harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph.

The harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph.

Thomas Paine
Kill the king but spare the man.

Kill the king but spare the man.

Thomas Paine
Lead, follow, or get out of the way.

Lead, follow, or get out of the way.

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

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

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;

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;

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A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be.

A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be.

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.

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.

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Immediate necessity makes many things convenient, which if continued would grow into oppressions. Expedience and right are different things.

Immediate necessity makes many things convenient, which if continued would grow into oppressions. Expedience and right are different things.

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

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

Thomas Paine
The circumstances of the world are continually changing, and the opinions of men change also,Government is for the living, and not for the dead; it is the living only that has any right in it.

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

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The more men have to lose, the less willing are they to venture.

The more men have to lose, the less willing are they to venture.

Thomas Paine
We must be compelled to hold this doctrine to be false, and the old and new law called the Old and new Testament, to be impositions, fables and forgeries

We must be compelled to hold this doctrine to be false, and the old and new law called the Old and new Testament, to be impositions, fables and forgeries

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I believe in the equality of man, and I believe that religious duties consist of doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow-creatures happy.

I believe in the equality of man, and I believe that religious duties consist of doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow-creatures happy.

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Wer seine eigene Freiheit sichern will, muss selbst seinen Feind vor Unterdrckung schtzen.

Wer seine eigene Freiheit sichern will, muss selbst seinen Feind vor Unterdrckung schtzen.

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It is the pride of kings that throws man kind into confusion.

It is the pride of kings that throws man kind into confusion.

Thomas Paine
In mourning the plumage, he forgot the dying bird

In mourning the plumage, he forgot the dying bird

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Every child born in the world must be considered as deriving its existence from God. The world is this new to him as it was to the first that existed, and his natural right in it is of the same kind.

Every child born in the world must be considered as deriving its existence from God. The world is this new to him as it was to the first that existed, and his natural right in it is of the same kind.

Thomas Paine
The Christian theory is little else than the idolatry of the ancient mythologists, accommodated to the purposes of power and revenue; and it yet remains to reason and philosophy to abolish the amphibious fraud.

The Christian theory is little else than the idolatry of the ancient mythologists, accommodated to the purposes of power and revenue; and it yet remains to reason and philosophy to abolish the amphibious fraud.

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Virtue is not hereditary.

Virtue is not hereditary.

Thomas Paine
One of the strongest natural proofs of the folly of heredetary right in kings, is, that nature disapproves it, otherwise, she would not so frequently turn it into ridicule by giving mankind an ass for a lion.

One of the strongest natural proofs of the folly of heredetary right in kings, is, that nature disapproves it, otherwise, she would not so frequently turn it into ridicule by giving mankind an ass for a lion.

Thomas Paine
Long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial appearance of being RIGHT,

Long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial appearance of being RIGHT,

Thomas Paine
The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind. Many circumstances have, and will arise, which are not local, but universal,

The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind. Many circumstances have, and will arise, which are not local, but universal,

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But 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.

But 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.

Thomas Paine