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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.

The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.

The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

Character is much easier kept than recovered.

Character is much easier kept than recovered.

I prefer peace. But if trouble must come, let it come in my time, so that my children can live in peace.

I prefer peace. But if trouble must come, let it come in my time, so that my children can live in peace.

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

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. ---->>>

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

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. ---->>>

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.

Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us.

Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us.

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. ---->>>

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.

That which we obtain too easily, we esteem too lightly. ---->>>

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

Those who want to reap the benefits of this great nation must bear the fatigue of supporting it. ---->>>

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.

These are the times that try men's souls. ---->>>

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

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

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

It is not a God, just and good, but a devil, under the name of God, that the Bible describes. ---->>>

Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man.

Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man.

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

'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.

'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.

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.

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.

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

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

The Vatican is a dagger in the heart of Italy. ---->>>

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

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.

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 God cannot lie, is no advantage to your argument, because it is no proof that priests can not, or that the Bible does not. ---->>>

The greatest remedy for anger is delay. ---->>>

Is it not a species of blasphemy to call the New Testament revealed religion, when we see in it such contradictions and absurdities. ---->>>

The most formidable weapon against errors of every kind is reason. ---->>>

Time makes more converts than reason.

Time makes more converts than reason.

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

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.

Any system of religion that has anything in it that shocks the mind of a child, cannot be true.

Any system of religion that has anything in it that shocks the mind of a child, cannot be true.

A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice. ---->>>

My mind is my own church. ---->>>

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

The strength and power of despotism consists wholly in the fear of resistance.

The strength and power of despotism consists wholly in the fear of resistance.

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

To say that any people are not fit for freedom, is to make poverty their choice, and to say they had rather be loaded with taxes than not. ---->>>

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

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

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

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.

Every religion is good that teaches man to be good; and I know of none that instructs him to be bad. ---->>>

We can only reason from what is; we can reason on actualities, but not on possibilities. ---->>>

Titles are but nicknames, and every nickname is a title. ---->>>

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

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

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.

Human nature is not of itself vicious. ---->>>

Virtues are acquired through endeavor, Which rests wholly upon yourself. So, to praise others for their virtues Can but encourage one's own efforts. ---->>>

There are matters in the Bible, said to be done by the express commandment of God, that are shocking to humanity and to every idea we have of moral justice. ---->>>

War involves in its progress such a train of unforeseen circumstances that no human wisdom can calculate the end; it has but one thing certain, and that is to increase taxes. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

To establish any mode to abolish war, however advantageous it might be to Nations, would be to take from such Government the most lucrative of its branches. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

The abilities of man must fall short on one side or the other, like too scanty a blanket when you are abed. If you pull it upon your shoulders, your feet are left bare; if you thrust it down to your feet, your shoulders are uncovered. ---->>>

It is an affront to treat falsehood with complaisance. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: English
Born: January 29, 1737
Birthplace: Thetford, Norfolk, England
Die: June 8, 1809
Occupation: Writer
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Thomas Paine (or Pain; February 9, 1737 [O.S. January 29, 1736] – June 8, 1809) was an English-American political activist, philosopher, political theorist, and revolutionary. One of the Founding Fathers of the United States, he authored the two most influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution, and he inspired the rebels in 1776 to declare independence from Britain (wikipedia)