Thomas Paine Quotes (241 quotes)
“A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.”
Complete Works (1859 edition)
“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"
The American Crisis (1776–1783)
“Every religion is good that teaches man to be good; and I know of none that instructs him to be bad.”
Common Sense: Addressed to the Inhabitants of America (1856 edition)
“Every science has for its basis a system of principles as fixed and unalterable as those by which the universe is regulated and governed. Man cannot make principles; he can only discover them.”
The Age of Reason: In Two Parts (1827 edition)
“Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.”
Common Sense (1776)
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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.