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Published Thursday, February 09, 2012 @ 8:16 AM EST
Feb 09 2012

Thomas Paine:

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

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.

Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man.

Character is much easier kept than recovered.

He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression.

He who dares not offend cannot be honest.

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.

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.

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 one does not believe.

It is the duty of a patriot to protect his country from its government.

My own mind is my own Church.

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.

The Bible is a book that has been read more and examined less than any book that ever existed.

The most detestable wickedness, the most horrid cruelties, and the greatest miseries, that have afflicted the human race, have had their origin in this thing called revelation, or revealed religion. It has been the most dishonorable belief against the character of the divinity, the most destructive to morality, and the peace and happiness of man, that ever was propagated since man began to exist.

The sublime and the ridiculous are often so nearly related that it is difficult to class them separately. One step above the sublime makes the ridiculous, and one step above the ridiculous makes the sublime again.

The trade of governing has always been monopolized by the most ignorant and the most rascally individuals of mankind.

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

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.

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

When man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind, as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe, he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime.

When the people fear the government, you have tyranny. When the government fears the people, you have freedom.

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


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