Thomas Paine Quote
“Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property... Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them.”
The life and writings of Thomas Paine: containing a biography (1908), p. 183, "Thoughts on Defensive War"
“I prefer peace. But if trouble must come, let it come in my time, so that my children can live in peace.”
Paraphrase. Original: "Well give me peace in my day... If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my children may have peace." Source: The American Crisis (1776 - 1783)
Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsThomas Paine
Born: January 29, 1737
Died: June 8, 1809 (age 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.