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By Anonym 13 Sep

Thomas Paine

A little matter will move a party, but it must be something great that moves a nation.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thomas Paine

The Allwise Creator hath been dishonored by being made the author of fable and the human mind degraded by believing it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thomas Paine

People in general know not what wickedness there is in this pretended word of God. Brought up in habits of superstition, they take it for granted that the Bible is true, and that it is good; they permit themselves not to doubt of it, and they carry the ideas they form of the benevolence of the Almighty to the book which they have been taught to believe was written by his authority. Good heavens! It is quite another thing; it is a book of lies, wickedness, and blasphemy.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thomas Paine

It is a fraud of the Christian system to call the sciences human invention; it is only the application of them that is human.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thomas Paine

The moral duty of man consists of imitating the moral goodness and beneficence of God, manifested in the creation towards all his creatures. Everything of persecution and revenge between man and man, and everything of cruelty to animals is a violation of moral duty

By Anonym 18 Sep

Thomas Paine

...out the matters contained in those books, together with the assistance of some old stories, the church has set up a system of religion very contradictory to the character of the person whose name it bears. It has set up a religion of pomp and of revenue, in n pretended imitation of a person whose life was humility and poverty.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thomas Paine

Tears may soothe the wounds they cannot heal.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thomas Paine

In a general view, there are few conquests that repay the charge of making them, and mankind are pretty well convinced that it can never be worth their while to go to war for profit's sake. If they are made war upon, their country invaded, or their existence at stake, it is their duty to defend and preserve themselves, but in every other light, and from every other cause, is war inglorious and detestable.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thomas Paine

We still find the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry and grasping at the spoil of the multitude. Invention is continually exercised to furnish new pretenses for revenue and taxation. It watches prosperity as its prey and permits none to escape without a tribute.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thomas Paine

The prejudice of unfounded belief often degenerates into the prejudice of custom, and becomes at last rank hypocrisy. When men, from custom or fashion or any worldly motive, profess or pretend to believe what they do not believe, nor can give any reason for believing, they unship the helm of their morality, and being no longer honest to their own minds they feel no moral difficulty in being unjust to others.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thomas Paine

The Vatican is a dagger in the heart of Italy.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Thomas Paine

What is it the Bible teaches us? — repine, cruelty, and murder. What is it the Testament teaches us? — to believe that the Almighty committed debauchery with a woman engaged to be married; and the belief of this debauchery is called faith.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Thomas Paine

Ignorance is of a peculiar nature: once dispelled, it is impossible to reestablish it. It is not originally a thing of itself, but is only the absence of knowledge; and though man may be kept ignorant, he cannot be made ignorant. The mind, in discovering truth, acts in the same manner as it acts through the eye in discovering objects; when once any object has been seen, it is impossible to put the mind back to the same condition it was in before it saw it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thomas Paine

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thomas Paine

It is the duty of every man, as far as his ability extends, to detect and expose delusion and error.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thomas Paine

I do not believe that any two men, on what are called doctrinal points, think alike who think at all. It is only those who have not thought that appear to agree.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thomas Paine

The Sun never shined on a cause of greater worth.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Thomas Paine

When it is revealed to me, I will believe it to be revelation; but it is not and cannot be incumbent upon me to believe it to be revelation before; neither is it proper that I should take the word of man as the word of God, and put man in the place of God.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thomas Paine

Each government accuses the other of perfidy, intrigue and ambition, as a means of heating the imagination of their respective nations, and incensing them to hostilities. Man is not the enemy of man, but through the medium of a false system of government.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thomas Paine

Governments arise either out of the people or over the people.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thomas Paine

Mystery is the antagonist of truth. It is a fog of human invention, that obscures truth, and represents it in distortion.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Thomas Paine

Such is the passage, x. 14, where, after giving an account that the sun stood still upon Gibeon, and the moon in the valley of Ajalon, at the command of Joshua, (a tale only fit to amuse children). This tale of the sun standing still upon Motint Gibeon, and the moon in the valley of Ajalon, is one of those fables that detects itself. Such a circumstance could not have happened without being known all over the world. One half would have wondered why the sun did not rise, and the other why it did not set; and the tradition of it would be universal; whereas there is not a nation in the world that knows anything about it.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Thomas Paine

There is something in a war carried on by invasion which makes it differ in circumstances from any other mode of war, because he who conducts it cannot tell whether the ground he gains be for him, or against him, when her first obtains it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thomas Paine

For freemen like brothers agree; With one spirit endured, they one friendship pursued, And their temple was Liberty Tree

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thomas Paine

But, besides the general character of all the prophets, they had also a particular character. They were in parties, and they prophesied for or against, according to the party they were with; as the poetical and political writers of the present day write in defence of the party they associate with against the other.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thomas Paine

The Book of Job and the 19th Psalm, which even the Church admits to be more ancient than the chronological order in which they stand in the book called the Bible, are theological orations conformable to the original system of theology.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thomas Paine

A government of our own is our natural right; and when a man seriously reflects on the precariousness of human affairs, he will become convinced, that it is infinitely wiser and safer, to form a constitution of our own in a cool deliberate manner, while we have it in our power, than to trust such an interesting event to time and chance.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thomas Paine

The final event to himself has been, that as he rose like a rocket, he fell like the stick.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thomas Paine

A constitution defines and limits the powers of the government it creates. It therefore follows, as a natural and also a logical result, that the governmental exercise of any power not authorized by the constitution is an assumed power, and therefore illegal.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thomas Paine

The story of Jesus Christ appearing after he was dead is the story of an apparition, such as timid imaginations can always create in vision, and credulity believe. Stories of this kind had been told of the assassination of Julius Caesar.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Thomas Paine

if every one is left to judge of his own religion, there is no such thing as a religion that is wrong; but if they are to judge of each other’s religion, there is no such thing as a religion that is right; and therefore all the world is right, or all the world is wrong.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thomas Paine

In a chariot of light from the region of the day, the Goddess of Liberty came. She brought in her hand as a pledge of her love, the plant she named Liberty Tree.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thomas Paine

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; but when those who are concerned in the government of a country, make it their study to sow discord and cultivate predjudices between nations, it becomes the more unpardonable.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thomas Paine

It is the duty of every true Deist to vindicate the moral justice of God against the evils of the Bible.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thomas Paine

The intimacy which is contracted in infancy, and friendship which is formed in misfortune, are, of all others, the most lasting and unalterable.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thomas Paine

It is with a pious fraud as with a bad action; it begets a calamitous necessity of going on.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thomas Paine

There are a set of men who go about making purchases upon credit, and buying estates they have not wherewithal to pay for; and having done this, their next step is to fill the newspapers with paragraphs of the scarcity of money and the necessity of a paper emission, then to have a legal tender under the pretense of supporting its credit, and when out, to depreciate it as fast as they can, get a deal of it for a little price, and cheat their creditors; and this is the concise history of paper money schemes.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thomas Paine

In reviewing the history of the English Government, its wars and its taxes, a bystander, not blinded by prejudice nor warped by interest, would declare that taxes were not raised to carry on wars, but that wars were raised to carry on taxes.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thomas Paine

Revelation is necessarily limited to the first communication- after that it is only an account of something which that person says was a revelation made to him; and though he may find himself obliged to believe it, it can not be incumbent on me to believe it in the same manner; for it was not a revelation made to ME, and I have only his word for it that it was made to him.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Thomas Paine

The duty of a true Patriot is to protect his country from its government.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Thomas Paine

When taxes are proposed, the country is amused by the plausible language of taxing luxuries. One thing is called a luxury at one time, and something else at another; but the real luxury does not consist in the article, but in the means of procuring it, and this is always kept out of sight.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thomas Paine

I call not upon a few, but upon all: not on this state or that state, but on every state; up and help us; lay your shoulders to the wheel; better have too much force than too little, when so great an object is at stake.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thomas Paine

...the true greatness of a nation is founded on principles of humanity.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Thomas Paine

It frequently happens that in proportion as we are taught to dislike persons and countries, not knowing why, we feel an ardor of esteem upon the removal of the mistake: it seems as if something was to be made amends for, and we eagerly give in to every office of friendship, to atone for the injury of the error. But, perhaps, there is something in the extent of countries, which, among the generality of people, insensibly communicates extension of the mind. The soul of an islander, in its native state, seems bounded by the foggy confines of the water's edge, and all beyond affords to him matters only for profit or curiosity, not for friendship. His island is to him his world, and fixed to that, his everything centers in it; while those who are inhabitants of a continent, by casting their eye over a larger field, take in likewise a larger intellectual circuit, and thus approaching nearer to an acquaintance with the universe, their atmosphere of thought is extended, and their liberality fills a wider space. In short, our minds seem to be measured by countries when we are men, as they are by places when we are children, and until something happens to disentangle us from the prejudice, we serve under it without perceiving it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thomas Paine

... in free countries the law ought to be King; and there ought to be no other.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Thomas Paine

Every person of learning is finally his own teacher; the reason of which is, that principles, being of a distinct quality to circumstances, cannot be impressed upon the memory; their place of mental residence is the understanding, and they are never so lasting as when they begin by conception.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thomas Paine

It is not in numbers, but in unity, that our great strength lies.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thomas Paine

Human nature is not of itself vicious.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thomas Paine

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thomas Paine

Every Tory is a coward; for servile, slavish, self-interested fear is the foundation of Toryism; and a man under such influence, though he may be cruel, never can be brave.