Quotes by Thomas Paine: Revolutionary Thinker and Writer

Thomas Paine was a revolutionary thinker and writer who influenced current political ideas. Paine was born in England and moved to the American colonies, where he became heavily involved in the fight for independence. Quotes by Thomas Paine, especially “Common Sense,” energized the American people and inspired the revolutionary spirit that led to the establishment of the United States. Despite countless trials and tribulations in his life, Paine remained committed to the cause of liberty and justice, and his writings continue to inspire and connect with readers today.

Some of Paine’s most famous quotes would like to read, Whether you are a history student, a literature lover, or simply someone looking for inspiration and direction in these uncertain times.

Quotes from Thomas Paine on truth, peace & politics

1) “From the errors of other nations, let us learn wisdom” — Thomas Paine

Quotes By Thomas Paine

2) “It is error only, and not the truth, that shrinks from inquiry.” — Thomas Paine

Quotes By Thomas Paine

3) “Taxes are not raised to carry on wars, but that wars are raised to carry on taxes” — Thomas Paine

Quotes By Thomas Paine

4) “The World is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.” — Thomas Paine

5) “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

6) “The most formidable weapon against errors of every kind is a reason. I have never used any other, and I trust I never shall.” — Thomas Paine

Quotes By Thomas Paine

7) “Man cannot make principles, he can only discover them.” — Thomas Paine

Quotes By Thomas Paine

9) “That government is best which governs least.” — Thomas Paine

8) “I prefer peace, but if trouble must come, let it be in my time that my children may know peace.” — Thomas Paine

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10) “It is important that we should never lose sight of this distinction. We must not confuse the peoples with their governments…” — Thomas Paine

11) “The harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph.” — Thomas Paine

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12) “Lead, follow, or get out of the way.” — Thomas Paine

13) “That which we obtain too easily, we esteem lightly.” — Thomas Paine

14) “Where knowledge is a duty, ignorance is a crime.” — Thomas Paine

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15) “A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right” — Thomas Paine

16) “Arguing with one who will not accept facts is like administering medicine to the dead.” — Thomas Paine

17) “Man did not enter into society to become worse than he was before, nor to have fewer rights than he had before, but to have those rights better secured.” — Thomas Paine

18) “When the tongue or the pen is let loose in a frenzy of passion, it is the man and not the subject, that becomes exhausted.” — Thomas Paine

19) “The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark.” — Thomas Paine

20) “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.” — Thomas Paine

21) “If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.” — Thomas Paine

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22) “One good schoolmaster is of more use than a hundred priests.” — Thomas Paine

23) “The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.” — Thomas Paine

24) “We have it in our power to begin the world over again.” — Thomas Paine

Quotes of Thomas Paine

25) “It is error only, and not the truth, that shrinks from inquiry.” — Thomas Paine

26) “He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy against oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.” — Thomas Paine

27) “Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving; it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe.” — Thomas Paine

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28) “An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot.” — Thomas Paine

Famous quotes on Common sense & Religion by Thomas Paine

29) “A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right and raises at first a formidable outcry in defence of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason.” — Thomas Paine

30) “Common sense will tell us, that the power which hath endeavoured to subdue us, is of all others, the most improper to defend us.” — Thomas Paine

31) “The state of a king shuts him from the world, yet the business of a king requires him to know it thoroughly;” — Thomas Paine

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32) “Such is the irresistible nature of truth that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.” — Thomas Paine

33) “The more men have to lose, the less willing are they to venture. — Thomas Paine

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34) “Immediate necessity makes many things convenient, which if continued would grow into oppression. Expedience and right are different things.” — Thomas Paine

35) “Of more worth is one honest man to society and in the sight of God, than all the crowned ruffians that ever lived.” — Thomas Paine

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36) “A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right and raises at first a formidable outcry in defence of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason.” — Thomas Paine

37) “But Britain is the parent country, say some. Then the more shame upon her conduct. Even brutes do not devour their young, nor savages make war upon their families.” — Thomas Paine

38) “Small islands, not capable of protecting themselves, are the proper objects for kingdoms to take under their care; but there is something absurd, in supposing a continent to be perpetually governed by an island” — Thomas Paine

39) “Time makes more converts than reason.” — Thomas Paine

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40) “My own mind is my own church.” — Thomas Paine

41) “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

42) “If I do not believe as you believe, it proves that you do not believe as I believe, and that is all that it proves.” — Thomas Paine

43) “My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.” — Thomas Paine

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44) “Reason obeys itself, and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.” — Thomas Paine

45) “The Christian religion is a parody on the worship of the sun, in which they put a man called Christ in the place of the sun, and pay him the adoration originally paid to the sun.” — Thomas Paine

46) “One of the strongest natural proofs of the folly of hereditary right in kings, is, that nature disapproves it, otherwise, she would not so frequently turn it into ridicule by giving mankind an ass for a lion.” — Thomas Paine

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