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It is not a God, just and good, but a devil,
by Thomas Paine

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

'Tis the business of little minds to shrink,
but they whose heart is firm,
and whose conscience approves their conduct,
will pursue their principles unto death.
- Thomas Paine

Lead follow or get out of the way.
- Thomas Paine

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

 

Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil;
in its worst state,
an intolerable one.
- Thomas Paine

The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.
- Thomas Paine

Time makes more converts than reason.
- Thomas Paine

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

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.
- Thomas Paine

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.
- Thomas Paine

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

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

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

The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress,
and grows brave by reflection.
- Thomas Paine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.
- Thomas Paine

Persecution is not an original feature in any religion;
but it is always the strongly marked feature of all
religions established by law.
- Thomas Paine

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

My mind is my own church.
- Thomas Paine

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

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

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

Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man.
- Thomas Paine

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.
- Thomas Paine

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

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

It is an affront to treat falsehood with complaisance.
- Thomas Paine

If we do not hang together, we shall surely hang separately.
- 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.
- Thomas Paine

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.
- Thomas Paine

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.
- Thomas Paine

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.
- Thomas Paine

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.
- Thomas Paine

If there must be trouble, let it be in my day,
that my child may have peace.
- Thomas Paine

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

The greatest remedy for anger is delay.
- Thomas Paine

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

Human nature is not of itself vicious.
- Thomas Paine

That which we obtain too easily, we esteem too lightly.
- Thomas Paine

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.
- Thomas Paine

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.
- Thomas Paine

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

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

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

An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot.
- Thomas Paine

Character is much easier kept than recovered.
- Thomas Paine

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

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

The World is my country, all mankind are my brethren,
and to do good is my religion.
- Thomas Paine

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

The slavery of fear had made men afraid to think.
But such is the irresistible nature of truth,
that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.
- Thomas Paine, Rights of Man, 1791

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

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.
- Thomas Paine

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.
- Thomas Paine

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.
- Thomas Paine

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.
- Thomas Paine

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.
- Thomas Paine

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.
- Thomas Paine

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.
- Thomas Paine

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.
- Thomas Paine

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Lord, grant that I might not so much
seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
- Marianne Williamson

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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