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Quote: My country is the world, and my religion is to do good. by author Thomas Paine overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Paine with quote

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


Quote: '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. by author Thomas Paine overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Paine with quote

'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.


Quote: My mind is my own church. by author Thomas Paine overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Paine with quote

My mind is my own church.


Quote: It is the direction and not the magnitude which is to be taken into consideration. by author Thomas Paine overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Paine with quote

It is the direction and not the magnitude which is to be taken into consideration.


Quote: What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. by author Thomas Paine overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Paine with quote

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

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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.


Quote: Every science has for its basis a system of principles as fixed and unalterable as those by which the universe is regulated and governed. Man cannot make principles; he can only discover them. by author Thomas Paine overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Paine with quote

Every science has for its basis a system of principles as fixed and unalterable as those by which the universe is regulated and governed. Man cannot make principles; he can only discover them.


Quote: 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. by author Thomas Paine overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Paine with quote

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.


Quote: Every religion is good that teaches man to be good; and I know of none that instructs him to be bad. by author Thomas Paine overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Paine with quote

Every religion is good that teaches man to be good; and I know of none that instructs him to be bad.


Quote: That God cannot lie, is no advantage to your argument, because it is no proof that priests can not, or that the Bible does not. by author Thomas Paine overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Paine with quote

That God cannot lie, is no advantage to your argument, because it is no proof that priests can not, or that the Bible does not.


Quote: Any system of religion that has anything in it that shocks the mind of a child, cannot be true. by author Thomas Paine overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Paine with quote

Any system of religion that has anything in it that shocks the mind of a child, cannot be true.


Quote: It is an affront to treat falsehood with complaisance. by author Thomas Paine overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Paine with quote

It is an affront to treat falsehood with complaisance.


Quote: Those who want to reap the benefits of this great nation must bear the fatigue of supporting it. by author Thomas Paine overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Paine with quote

Those who want to reap the benefits of this great nation must bear the fatigue of supporting it.


Quote: 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. by author Thomas Paine overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Paine with quote

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.


Quote: The abilities of man must fall short on one side or the other, like too scanty a blanket when you are abed. If you pull it upon your shoulders, your feet are left bare; if you thrust it down to your feet, your shoulders are uncovered. by author Thomas Paine overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Paine with quote

The abilities of man must fall short on one side or the other, like too scanty a blanket when you are abed. If you pull it upon your shoulders, your feet are left bare; if you thrust it down to your feet, your shoulders are uncovered.


Quote: The World is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion. by author Thomas Paine overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Paine with quote

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


Quote: To establish any mode to abolish war, however advantageous it might be to Nations, would be to take from such Government the most lucrative of its branches. by author Thomas Paine overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Paine with quote

To establish any mode to abolish war, however advantageous it might be to Nations, would be to take from such Government the most lucrative of its branches.


Quote: Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man. by author Thomas Paine overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Paine with quote

Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man.


Quote: Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it. by author Thomas Paine overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Paine with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Thomas Paine overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Paine with quote

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.


Quote: But such is the irresistable nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants is the liberty of appearing. by author Thomas Paine overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Paine with quote

But such is the irresistable nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants is the liberty of appearing.


Quote: There are matters in the Bible, said to be done by the express commandment of God, that are shocking to humanity and to every idea we have of moral justice. by author Thomas Paine overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Paine with quote

There are matters in the Bible, said to be done by the express commandment of God, that are shocking to humanity and to every idea we have of moral justice.


Quote: Titles are but nicknames, and every nickname is a title. by author Thomas Paine overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Paine with quote

Titles are but nicknames, and every nickname is a title.


Quote: We can only reason from what is; we can reason on actualities, but not on possibilities. by author Thomas Paine overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Paine with quote

We can only reason from what is; we can reason on actualities, but not on possibilities.


Quote: Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one. by author Thomas Paine overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Paine with quote

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


Quote: Is it not a species of blasphemy to call the New Testament revealed religion, when we see in it such contradictions and absurdities. by author Thomas Paine overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Paine with quote

Is it not a species of blasphemy to call the New Testament revealed religion, when we see in it such contradictions and absurdities.


Quote: Virtues are acquired through endeavor, Which rests wholly upon yourself. So, to praise others for their virtues Can but encourage one's own efforts. by author Thomas Paine overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Paine with quote

Virtues are acquired through endeavor, Which rests wholly upon yourself. So, to praise others for their virtues Can but encourage one's own efforts.


Quote: He that rebels against reason is a real rebel, but he that in defence of reason rebels against tyranny has a better title to Defender of the Faith, than George the Third. by author Thomas Paine overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Paine with quote

He that rebels against reason is a real rebel, but he that in defence of reason rebels against tyranny has a better title to Defender of the Faith, than George the Third.


Quote: Persecution is not an original feature in any religion; but it is always the strongly marked feature of all religions established by law. by author Thomas Paine overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Paine with quote

Persecution is not an original feature in any religion; but it is always the strongly marked feature of all religions established by law.


Quote: The strength and power of despotism consists wholly in the fear of resistance. by author Thomas Paine overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Paine with quote

The strength and power of despotism consists wholly in the fear of resistance.


Quote: Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst. by author Thomas Paine overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Paine with quote

Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst.


Quote: An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot. by author Thomas Paine overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Paine with quote

An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot.


Quote: Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice. by author Thomas Paine overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Paine with quote

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


Quote: It is not a field of a few acres of ground, but a cause, that we are defending, and whether we defeat the enemy in one battle, or by degrees, the consequences will be the same. by author Thomas Paine overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Paine with quote

It is not a field of a few acres of ground, but a cause, that we are defending, and whether we defeat the enemy in one battle, or by degrees, the consequences will be the same.


Quote: The most formidable weapon against errors of every kind is reason. by author Thomas Paine overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Paine with quote

The most formidable weapon against errors of every kind is reason.


Quote: Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best stage, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one. by author Thomas Paine overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Paine with quote

Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best stage, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.


Quote: When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon. by author Thomas Paine overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Paine with quote

When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon.


Quote: When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary. by author Thomas Paine overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Paine with quote

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


Quote: Character is much easier kept than recovered. by author Thomas Paine overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Paine with quote

Character is much easier kept than recovered.


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