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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

If anything had or could have a value equal to gold and silver, it would require no tender law; and if it had not that value it ought not to have such a law; and, therefore, all tender laws are tyrannical and unjust and calculated to support fraud and oppression.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thomas Paine

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thomas Paine

The danger to which the success of revolutions is most exposed, is that of attempting them before the principles on which they proceed, and the advantages to result from them, are sufficiently seen and understood.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thomas Paine

I am sensible that he who means to do mankind a real service must set down with the determination of putting up, and bearing with all their faults, follies, prejudices and mistakes until he can convince them that he is right.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thomas Paine

Of more worth is one honest man to society, and in the sight of God, than all the crowned ruffians that ever lived.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Thomas Paine

There never did, there never will, and there never can, exist a Parliament, or any description of men, or any generation of men, in any country, possessed of the right or the power of binding and controlling posterity to the "end of time," or of commanding for ever how the clauses, acts or declarations by which the makers of them attempt to do what they have neither the right nor the power to do, nor the power to execute, are in themselves null and void. Every age and generation must be as free to act for itself in all cases as the age and generations which preceded it. The vanity and presumption of governing beyond the grave is the most ridiculous and insolent of all tyrannies. Man has no property in man; neither has any generation a property in the generations which are to follow.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thomas Paine

How strangely is antiquity treated! To answer some purposes it is spoken of as the times of darkness and ignorance, and to answer others, it is put for the light of the world.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thomas Paine

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

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 18 Sep

Thomas Paine

the Bible and the Testament are impositions upon the world;-that the fall of man, the account of Jesus Christ being the Son of God, and of his dying to appease the wrath of God, and of salvation by that strange means, are all fabulous inventions, dishonourable to the wisdom and power of the Almighty;-that the only true religion is deism, by which I then meant and now mean the belief of one God, and an imitation of his moral character, or the practice of what are called moral virtues;-and that it was upon this only (so far as religion is concerned) that I rested all my hopes of happiness hereafter. So say I now-and so help me God.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thomas Paine

When it becomes necessary to do a thing, the whole heart and soul should go into the measure, or not attempt it.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thomas Paine

Titles are like a magicians wand which circumscribe human facility and prevent us from living the lives of man.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Thomas Paine

Hıristiyan kilisesi adı verilen kuramın pagan mitolojisinin kuyruğuna takılıp yeşerdiğini gözlemlemek ilgi çekicidir.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thomas Paine

I have never made it a consideration whether the subject was popular or unpopular, but whether it was right or wrong; for that which is right will become popular, and that which is wrong, though by mistake it may obtain the cry or fashion of the day, will soon lose the power of delusion, and sink into disesteem.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thomas Paine

The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. 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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thomas Paine

Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving; it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe. It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society. When a 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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thomas Paine

What is it the Bible teaches us? - raping, cruelty, and murder. What is it the New 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 13 Sep

Thomas Paine

In Deism our reason and our belief are happily united.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thomas Paine

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

By Anonym 17 Sep

Thomas Paine

Mucizenin doğanın işleyişinden tamamen bağımsız olduğunu düşünürsek, doğanın onu gerçekleştirmek için kendi işleyişinin dışına çıkmak zorunda kalacağını da kabul etmemiz gerekir; bir mucize gördüğünü söyleyen biriyle karşılaştığımızda, aklımıza yanıtı çok basit olan şu soru gelir: Mucizenin gerçekleşmesi için doğanın işleyişinin dışına çıkması mı, yoksa bunu gördüğünü ileri sürenin yalan söylemesi mi daha olasıdır? Zamanımızda doğanın işleyişinin dışına çıktığına tanık olmadık, ama bu süre içinde milyonlarca yalan söylendiğine inanmak için çok iyi nedenlerimiz var; demek ki mucize gördüğünü ileri süren birinin yalan söylememesi milyonda bir ihtimaldir.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thomas Paine

The art of publicity is a black art; but it has come to stay, and every year adds to its potency.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thomas Paine

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thomas Paine

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thomas Paine

Government is a necessary evil

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thomas Paine

Now is the seedtime of continental union, faith and honor. The least fracture now, will be like a name engraved with the point of a pin on the tender rind of a young oak; the wound would enlarge with the tree, and posterity read in it full grown characters.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thomas Paine

The United States of America will sound as pompously in the world or in history as The Kingdom of Great Britain.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thomas Paine

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.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Thomas Paine

Hıristiyan inanç sistemi bana bir tür ateizm olarak görünmektedir; Tanrı'nın bir tür dinsel inkârı. Tanrı'dan çok bir adama inanmayla kendini ifade etmektedir. Ana maddesi insana inanmak, yardımcı maddesi olağanüstü bir varlığa inanmak olan bu bileşim ateizme, alacakaranlığın karanlığa olduğu kadar yakındır. İnsan ile Yaratıcısı arasına, dünya ile güneş arasına giren ay gibi, ışık geçirmez bir varlık yerleştirir ve böylece dinsel ya da dindışı bir ışık tutulmasına neden olur. Akıl yörüngesinin tümü gölgede kalmıştır.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thomas Paine

The study of theology, as it stands in the Christian churches, is the study of nothing.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thomas Paine

The error of those who reason by precedents drawn from antiquity, respecting the rights of man, is that they do not go far enough into antiquity.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thomas Paine

But the christian story of God the Father putting his son to death, or employing people to do it, (for that is the plain language of the story,) cannot be told by a parent to a child; and to tell him that it was done to make mankind happier and better, is making the story still worse; as if mankind could be improved by the example of murder; and to tell him that all this is a mystery, is only making an excuse for the incredibility of it.

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 16 Sep

Thomas Paine

Her ideas of national honor seem devoid of that benevolence of heart, that universal expansion of philanthropy, and that triumph over the rage of vulgar prejudice, without which man is inferior to himself, and a companion of common animals. To know who she shall regard or dislike, she asks what country they are of, what religion they profess, and what property they enjoy. Her idea of national honor seems to consist in national insult, and that to be a great people, is to be neither a Christian, a philosopher, or a gentlemen, but to threaten with the rudeness of a bear, and to devour with the ferocity of a lion.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Thomas Paine

Yaratılan her şey bu bağlamda bir gizemse, bu kelime karanlığın aydınlığın yerine kullanılamayacağı gibi ahlaki gerçek yerine kullanılamaz. İnandığımız Tanrı, karanlığın ya da gizemin değil gerçeğin Tanrı'sıdır. Gizem gerçeğin karşıtıdır. Gizem, gerçeği karanlığa iten, onu bozan, insanın yarattığı bir sistir. Gerçek hiçbir zaman gizemle sarmalanamaz; eğer sarmalanırsa bu gerçeğin değil karşıtının suçudur.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thomas Paine

It has been the scheme of the Christian Church, and of all the other invented systems of religion, to hold man in ignorance of the Creator, as it is of Government to hold man in ignorance of his rights. The systems of the one are as false as those of the other, and are calculated for mutual support.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thomas Paine

The representative system of government is calculated to produce the wisest laws, by collecting wisdom where it can be found.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thomas Paine

As politicians we ought not so much to ground our hopes on the reasonableness of the thing we ask, as on the reasonableness of the person whom we ask it: who would expect discretion from a fool, candor from a tyrant, or justice from a villain?

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thomas Paine

The intellectual part of religion is a private affair between every man and his Maker, and in which no third party has any right to interfere. The practical part consists in our doing good to each other. But since religion has been made into a trade, the practical part has been made to consist of ceremonies performed by men called priests ... By devices of this kind true religion has been banished, and such means have been found out to extract money, even from the pockets of the poor, instead of contributing to their relief.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thomas Paine

Whatever has a tendency to promote the civil intercourse of nations by an exchange of benefits is a subject as worthy of philosophy as of politics.

By Anonym 15 Sep

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thomas Paine

It matters not where you live, or what rank of life you hold, the evil or the blessing will reach you all.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thomas Paine

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

By Anonym 16 Sep

Thomas Paine

Fakat mutluluk için insanın zihinsel olarak kendine sadakat göstermesi gereklidir. İmansızlık sadece inanç veya inançsızlıktan ibaret değildir; inanmadığı şeye inanmış gibi görünmeyi de kapsar.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thomas Paine

Is it more probable that nature should go out of her course, or that a man should tell a lie? We have never seen, in our time, nature go out of her course; but we have good reason to believe that millions of lies have been told in the same time.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thomas Paine

A nation under a well regulated government, should permit none to remain uninstructed. It is monarchical and aristocratical government only that requires ignorance for its support.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thomas Paine

You cannot undermine police authority and then complain about rising crime.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thomas Paine

But there is another and greater distinction for which no truly natural or religious reason can be assigned, and that is the distinction of men into kings and subjects. Male and female are the distinctions of nature, good and bad the distinctions of heaven; but how a race of men came into the world so exalted above the rest, and distinguished like some new species, is worth inquiring into, and whether they are the means of happiness or of misery to mankind.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Thomas Paine

The Jews have made him [Yahweh] the assassin of the human species, to make room for the religion of the Jews. The Christians have made him the murderer of himself, and the founder of a new religion to supersede and expel the Jewish religion. And to find pretence and admission for these things, they must have supposed his power or his wisdom imperfect, or his will changeable; and the changeableness of the will is the imperfection of the judgement.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Thomas Paine

That which is now called natural philosophy, embracing the whole circle of science, of which astronomy occupies the chief place, is the study of the works of God, and of the power and wisdom of God in his works, and is the true theology. As to the theology that is now studied in its place, it is the study of human opinions and of human fancies concerning God. It is not the study of God himself in the works that he has made, but in the works or writings that man has made; and it is not among the least of the mischiefs that the Christian system has done to the world, that it has abandoned the original and beautiful system of theology, like a beautiful innocent, to distress and reproach, to make room for the hag of superstition.