Authors - Thomas Paine
Thomas Paine (January 29, 1737 - June 8, 1809) was an English-American author, pamphleteer, radical, inventor, intellectual, revolutionary, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States He has been called "a corsetmaker by trade, a journalist by profession, and a propagandist by inclination." - Wikipedia
Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.
The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.
We can only reason from what is; we can reason on actualities, but not on possibilities.
That government is best which governs least.
From such beginnings of governments, what could be expected, but a continual system of war and extortion?
A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.
'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.
Time makes more converts than reason.
What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly.
I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish church, by the Roman church, by the Greek church, by the Turkish church, by the Protestant church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my own church.
But such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants is the liberty of appearing.
The greatest remedy for anger is delay.
I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection.
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.
Virtues are acquired through endeavor, Which rests wholly upon yourself. So, to praise others for their virtues can but encourage one's own efforts.
Lead, follow, or get out of the way.
It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society. When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime.
The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly. 'Tis dearness only that gives everything its value.
It is the madness of folly, to expect mercy from those who have refused to do justice; and even mercy, where conquest is the object, is only a trick of war; the cunning of the fox is as murderous as the violence of the wolf.
Character is much easier kept than recovered.
He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach himself.
Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us.
We have it in our power to begin the world over again.
When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon.
My mind is my own church.
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.
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.
The Vatican is a dagger in the heart of Italy.
The whole religious complexion of the modern world is due to the absence from Jerusalem of a lunatic asylum.
To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.
Society is produced by our wants and government by our wickedness.
When my country, into which I had just set my foot, was set on fire about my ears, it was time to stir. It was time for every man to stir.
The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.
Better fare hard with good men than feast it with bad.
'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.
The instant formal government is abolished, society begins to act. A general association takes place, and common interest produces common security.