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"
“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.”
The Age of Reason, Part 2 (1795)
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.