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Thomas Paine

US patriot & political philosopher (1737 - 1809)

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

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I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and row 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.

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He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression.

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

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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.

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

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"What is it the Bible teaches us? - rapine, cruelty, and murder. What is it the 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.

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Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and torturous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness, with which more than half the bible is filled, it would seem more consistent that we called it the word of a demon than the Word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind.

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

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Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and torturous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness, with which more than half the bible is filled, it would seem more consistent that we called it the word of a demon than the Word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind.

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The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.

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Better fare hard with good men than feast it with bad.

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

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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.

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

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

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I fear not, I see not reason for fear. In the end we will be the victors. For though at times the flame of liberty may cease to shine, the ember will never expire.

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What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly. It is dearness only that gives everything its value.

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Such is the irresistible nature of truth that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.

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What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly... it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as Freedom should not be highly rated.

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The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.

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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.

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Better fare hard with good men than feast it with bad.

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Whenever we read the obscene stories, voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and tortous executions, the unrelenting vindictivenes, with which more than half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistant that we called it the word of a Demon than the word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind, and, for my part, I sincerly detest it as I detest everything that is cruel.

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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.

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It is the duty of every patriot to protect his country from its government.

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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.

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Human nature is not of itself vicious.

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

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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.

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Character is much easier kept than recovered.

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