Quotes by Thomas Paine

My mind is my own church.
– Thomas Paine
Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.
– Thomas Paine
Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us.
– Thomas Paine
That government is best which governs least.
– Thomas Paine
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.
– Thomas Paine
The greatest remedy for anger is delay.
– Thomas Paine
The instant formal government is abolished, society begins to act. A general association takes place, and common interest produces common security.
– Thomas Paine
The most formidable weapon against errors of every kind is reason.
– Thomas Paine
The Vatican is a dagger in the heart of Italy.
– Thomas Paine
The whole religious complexion of the modern world is due to the absence from Jerusalem of a lunatic asylum.
– Thomas Paine
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.
– Thomas Paine
These are times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.
– Thomas Paine
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.
– Thomas Paine
Time makes more converts than reason.
– Thomas Paine
Titles are but nicknames, and every nickname is a title.
– Thomas Paine
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.
– Thomas Paine
To say that any people are not fit for freedom, is to make poverty their choice, and to say they had rather be loaded with taxes than not.
– Thomas Paine
Virtues are acquired through endeavor, Which rests wholly upon yourself. So, to praise others for their virtues Can but encourage one's own efforts.
– Thomas Paine
We can only reason from what is; we can reason on actualities, but not on possibilities.
– Thomas Paine
We have it in our power to begin the world over again.
– Thomas Paine