Top 25 Thomas Paine Quotes

Here we have put together a list of the 25 best quotes by Thomas Paine.

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

Top 25 Thomas Paine Quotes and Sayings

25

The greatest remedy for anger is delay.

― Thomas Paine


24

A body of men holding themselves accountable to nobody ought not to be trusted by anybody.

― Thomas Paine


23

My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.

― Thomas Paine


22

Time makes more converts than reason.

― Thomas Paine


21

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

― Thomas Paine


20

Character is much easier kept than recovered.

― Thomas Paine


19

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

― Thomas Paine


18

One good schoolmaster is of more use than a hundred priests.

― Thomas Paine


17

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 defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason.

― Thomas Paine


16

Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.

― Thomas Paine


15

It is from the Bible that man has learned cruelty, rapine, and murder; for the belief of a cruel God makes a cruel man.

― Thomas Paine


14

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

― Thomas Paine


13

What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated.

― Thomas Paine


12

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.

― Thomas Paine


11

The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.

― Thomas Paine


10

Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.

― Thomas Paine


9

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.

― Thomas Paine


8

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

― Thomas Paine


7

Whatever is my right as a man is also the right of another; and it becomes my duty to guarantee as well as to possess.

― Thomas Paine


6

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

― Thomas Paine


5

Independence is my happiness, and I view things as they are, without regard to place or person; my country is the world, and my religion is to do good.

― Thomas Paine


4

These are the times that try men's souls.

― Thomas Paine


3

To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason, and whose philosophy consists in holding humanity in contempt, is like administering medicine to the dead, or endeavoring to convert an atheist by scripture.

― Thomas Paine


2

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

― Thomas Paine


1

The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark.

― Thomas Paine


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