• Thomas Paine Quotes: Time makes more converts than reason

Thomas Paine Quotes: Time makes more converts than reason

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Thomas Paine Quotes: Thomas Paine (January 29, 1737 – June 8, 1809) was an English-American political activist, philosopher, political theorist, and revolutionary. One of the Founding Fathers of the United States, he authored the two most influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution, and he inspired the rebels in 1776 to declare independence from Britain

Thomas Paine Quotes

Thomas Paine Quotes

1. The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheaply, we esteem too lightly; 'Tis dearness only that gives everything its value.

- Thomas Paine

 

2. I believe in one God, and no more; and I hope for happiness beyond this life. 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

 

3. The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark.

- Thomas Paine, A Letter Addressed to the Abbe Raynal on the Affairs of North America

 

4. Time makes more converts than reason.

- Thomas Paine, Common Sense

 

5. A little matter will move a party, but it must be something great that moves a nation.

- Thomas Paine, Rights of Man, 1792

 

6. Reputation is what men and women think of us. Character is what God and the angels know of us.

- Thomas Paine

 

7. No nation ought to be without a debt. A national debt is a national bond; and when it bears no interest, is in no case a grievance.

- Thomas Paine

 

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

- Thomas Paine

 

9. We hold the moral obligation of providing for old age, helpless infancy, and poverty is far superior to that of supplying the invented wants of courtly extravagance.

- Thomas Paine

 

10. Let them call me a rebel and welcome. I feel no concern from it. But should I suffer the misery of devils, were I to make a whore of my soul.

- Thomas Paine

 

11. Give me liberty, or give me death.

- Thomas Paine, Common Sense

 

12. Freedom had been hunted round the globe; reason was considered as rebellion; and 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

 

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

- Thomas Paine

 

14. The right of voting for representatives is the primary right by which other rights are protected. To take away this right is to reduce a man to slavery, for slavery consists in being subject to the will of another, and he that has not a vote in the election of representatives is in this case.

- Thomas Paine

 

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

- Thomas Paine

 

16. It is not in numbers, but in unity, that our great strength lies; yet our present numbers are sufficient to repel the force of all the world.

- Thomas Paine, Common Sense

 

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

- Thomas Paine

 

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

- Thomas Paine

 

19. Time makes more converts than reason.

- Thomas Paine

 

20. The most detestable wickedness, the most horrid cruelties, and the greatest miseries, that have afflicted the human race have had their origin in this thing called revelation, or revealed religion. It has been the most dishonourable belief against the character of the divinity, the most destructive to morality, and the peace and happiness of man, that ever was propagated since man began to exist. It is better, far better, that we admitted, if it were possible, a thousand devils to roam at large, and to preach publicly the doctrine of devils, if there were any such, than that we permitted one such impostor and monster as Moses, Joshua, Samuel, and the Bible prophets, to come with the pretended word of God in his mouth, and have credit among us.

- Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason

 

21. A bad cause will never be supported by bad means and bad men.

- Thomas Paine

 

22. 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

 

23. I draw my idea of the form of government from a principle in nature, which no art can overturn, viz. that the more simple any thing is, the less liable it is to be disordered, and the easier repaired when disordered.

- Thomas Paine, Common Sense

 

24. The Sun never shined on a cause of greater worth.

- Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776

 

25. The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheaply, we esteem too lightly; 'Tis dearness only that gives everything its value.

- Thomas Paine

 

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