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

Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine

Profession: Author
Nationality: British

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

Taxes are not raised to carry on wars, but that wars are raised to carry on taxes.

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

Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.

Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man.

Everything that is right or reasonable pleads for separation. The blood of the slain, the weeping voice of nature cries, 'tis time to part.

Hath your house been burnt? Hath your property been destroyed before your face? Are your wife and children destitute of a bed to lie on, or bread to live on? Have you lost a parent or a child by their hands, and yourself the ruined and wretched survivor? If you have not, then are you not a judge of those who have.

The Vatican is a dagger in the heart of Italy.

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.

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

What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon it's goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated.

It is, perhaps, impossible to proportion exactly the price of labor to the profits it produces; and it will also be said, as an apology for the injustice, that were a workman to receive an increase of wages daily he would not save it against old age, nor be much better for it in the interim.

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

The poor, in all countries, are naturally both peaceable and grateful in all reforms in which their interest and happiness is included. It is only by neglecting and rejecting them that they become tumultuous.