Quotes by Thomas Paine

When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon.
– Thomas Paine
Better fare hard with good men than feast it with bad.
– Thomas Paine
Such is the irresistible nature of truth that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.
– Thomas Paine
The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.
– Thomas Paine
War involves in its progress such a train of unforeseen circumstances that no human wisdom can calculate the end it has but one thing certain, and that is to increase taxes.
– Thomas Paine
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.
– Thomas Paine
The strength and power of despotism consists wholly in the fear of resistance.
– Thomas Paine
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.
– Thomas Paine
Suspicion is the companion of mean souls, and the bane of all good society.
– Thomas Paine
Persecution is not an original feature in any religion but it is always the strongly marked feature of all religions established by law.
– Thomas Paine
One good schoolmaster is of more use than a hundred priests.
– Thomas Paine
Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst.
– Thomas Paine
It is not a God, just and good, but a devil, under the name of God, that the Bible describes.
– Thomas Paine
It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry.
– Thomas Paine
Is it not a species of blasphemy to call the New Testament revealed religion, when we see in it such contradictions and absurdities.
– Thomas Paine
I prefer peace. But if trouble must come, let it come in my time, so that my children can live in peace.
– Thomas Paine
He who is the author of a war lets loose the whole contagion of hell and opens a vein that bleeds a nation to death.
– Thomas Paine
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.
– Thomas Paine
Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil in its worst state, an intolerable one.
– Thomas Paine
Every religion is good that teaches man to be good and I know of none that instructs him to be bad.
– Thomas Paine