The Christian mythologists tell us that Christ died for the sins of the world, and that he came on Purpose to die. Would it not then have been the same if he had died of a fever or of the small pox, of old age, or of anything else?

Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine

Profession: Author
Nationality: British

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

Man did not enter society to be worse off, or to have fewer rights, but rather to have those rights better secured.

For all men being originally equals, no one by birth could have the right to set up his own family in perpetual preference to all others forever, and tho' himself might deserve some decent degree of honours of his cotemporaries, yet his descendants might be far too unworthy to inherit them.

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

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

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

Where there are no distinctions there can be no superiority, perfect equality affords no temptation.

Resolution is our inherent character, and courage hath never yet forsaken us. Wherefore, what is it that we want? Why is it that we hesitate?

It is by tracing things to their origin, that we learn to understand them; and it is by keeping that line and that origin always in view, that we never forget them.

Yet panics, in some cases, have their uses; they produce as much good as hurt. Their duration is always short; the mind soon grows through them, and acquires a firmer habit than before.

If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace; and this single reflection, well applied, is sufficient to awaken every man to duty.

The English government is one of those which arose out of a conquest, and not out of society, and consequently it arose over the people; and though it has been much modified from the opportunity of circumstances since the time of William the Conqueror, the country has never yet regenerated itself, and is therefore without a constitution.

Human nature is not of itself vicious.

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