Top 10 Thomas Paine Quotes

Thomas Paine(January 29, 1737 – June 8, 1809) was an English American philosopher and writer of Common Sense, The American Crisis, and The Rights of Man. His writings influenced the American Revolution. He is also known as one the Founding Fathers.

Here are the Thomas Paine’s greatest quotes:

I.

These are the times that try men’s souls.

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II.

The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. 

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III.

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

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IV.

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

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V.

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

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VI.

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

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VII.

Character is much easier kept than recovered.

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VIII.

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

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IX.

A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.

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X.

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

 

Thank you Thomas Paine!

Interesting Thomas Paine Facts:

  • He was also an engineer who built the Sunderland Bridge in England.
  • He was an inventor who invented the smokeless candle.
  • Benjamin Franklin wrote him a letter of recommendation.

What are some of your favorite quotes?

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