Thomas Paine Quotes (189 quotes)
“It is not a God, just and good, but a devil, under the name of God, that the Bible describes.”
The Age of Reason: Being an Investigation of True and Fabulous Theology (1852 edition)
“When, in countries that are called civilized, we see age going to the workhouse and youth to the gallows, something must be wrong in the system of government.”
The Rights of Man pt. 2, (1792), Chapter 5
The Crisis No. I - The American Crisis (1776 - 1783)
“What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value.”
Paine: Political Writings (2000 edition), Cambridge University Press - ISBN: 9780521667999
“Of more worth is one honest man to society and in the sight of God, than all the crowned ruffians that ever lived.”
Common Sense (1776)
“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.”
The Political Writings of Thomas Paine: Secretary to the Committee of Foreign Affairs in the American Revolution : to which is Prefixed a Brief Sketch of the Author's Life (1824 edition)
“It is from the Bible that man has learned cruelty, rapine, and murder; for the belief of a cruel God makes a cruel man.”
A Letter: Being an Answer to a Friend, on the publication of The Age of Reason. The Age of Reason. Boston: Josiah L. Mendum. 1797-05-12. p. 205.
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsThomas Paine
Born: January 29, 1737
Died: June 8, 1809 (aged 72)
Bio: Thomas Paine was an English-American political activist, author, political theorist and revolutionary. As the author of two highly influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution, he became one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. His ideas reflected Enlightenment era rhetoric of transnational human rights.
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