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Thomas Paine
January 29, 1737 - June 8, 1809
Nationality: English
Category: Writer
Subcategory: English Writer

All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.


The greatest remedy for anger is delay.

    Topics: Anger

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


The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.


Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best stage, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.


That government is best which governs least.


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.


Time makes more converts than reason.


Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst.


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


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


'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.


Every science has for its basis a system of principles as fixed and unalterable as those by which the universe is regulated and governed. Man cannot make principles; he can only discover them.


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.


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


The instant formal government is abolished, society begins to act. A general association takes place, and common interest produces common security.


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


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


It is the direction and not the magnitude which is to be taken into consideration.


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


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