Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine (February 9, 1737 – June 8, 1809) was an English-American political activist, philosopher, political theorist, and revolutionary. One of the Founding Fathers of the United States, he authored the two most influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution, and he inspired the rebels in 1776 to declare independence from Britain.

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The abilities of man must fall short on one side or the other like too scanty a blanket when you are abed. If you pull it upon your shoulders your feet are left bare, if you thrust it down to your feet your shoulders are uncovered.

Those who want to reap the benefits of this great nation must bear the fatigue of supporting it.

Is it not a species of blasphemy to call the New Testament revealed religion when we see in it such contradictions and absurdities.

It is error only and not truth that shrinks from inquiry.

Moderation in temper is always a virtue, but moderation in principle is always a vice.

An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot.

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.

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