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Thomas Paine

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"A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right." Miscellaneous 4.4 avg (5 votes)
"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." Virtue 3.7 avg (3 votes)
"But such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants is the liberty of appearing." Truth & Lies 4.3 avg (3 votes)
"Character is much easier kept than recovered." Virtue 4.4 avg (7 votes)
"From such beginnings of governments, what could be expected, but a continual system of war and extortion?" Government 4.8 avg (8 votes)
"Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one." Government 4.9 avg (41 votes)
"He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach himself." Liberty 4.5 avg (6 votes)
"I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish church, by the Roman church, by the Greek church, by the Turkish church, by the Protestant church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my own church." Anti-Religion 4.9 avg (36 votes)
"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection." Miscellaneous 4.7 avg (3 votes)
"It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society. When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime." Truth & Lies 4.8 avg (5 votes)
"It is the madness of folly, to expect mercy from those who have refused to do justice; and even mercy, where conquest is the object, is only a trick of war; the cunning of the fox is as murderous as the violence of the wolf." War & Peace 4.6 avg (5 votes)
"Lead, follow, or get out of the way." Leadership 4.8 avg (143 votes)
"My mind is my own church." Religion 4.5 avg (18 votes)
"Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us." Miscellaneous 4.7 avg (15 votes)
"That government is best which governs least." Government 4.8 avg (127 votes)
"The greatest remedy for anger is delay." Anger 4.2 avg (5 votes)
"The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph." Success 4.6 avg (13 votes)
"The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly. 'Tis dearness only that gives everything its value." Success 4.5 avg (24 votes)
"The Vatican is a dagger in the heart of Italy." Christianity 3.8 avg (10 votes)
"The whole religious complexion of the modern world is due to the absence from Jerusalem of a lunatic asylum." Religion 4.3 avg (17 votes)

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