Thomas Paine Quotes


“Men who look upon themselves born to reign,
and others to obey, soon grow insolent.
Selected from the rest of mankind,
their minds are early poisoned by importance;
and the world they act in
differs so materially from the world at large,
that they have but little opportunity of knowing its true interests,
and when they succeed in the government
are frequently the most ignorant and
unfit of any throughout the dominions.”

~ Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776

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“When it shall be said in any country in the world,
my poor are happy;
neither ignorance nor distress is to be found among them;
my jails are empty of prisoners, my streets of beggars;
the aged are not in want, the taxes are not oppressive;
the rational world is my friend,
because I am a friend of its happiness:
When these things can be said,
then may the country boast
of its constitution and its government.”
~ Thomas Paine

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It is necessary to the happiness of man
that he be mentally faithful to himself.
Infidelity does not consist in believing,
or in disbelieving,
it consists in professing to believe
what he does not believe.

~ Thomas Paine

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

~ Thomas Paine


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