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Quotations by author » Thomas Paine
English born American Writer and political pamphleteer, whose 'Common Sense' and 'Crisis' papers were important influences on the American Revolution. 1737-1809
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'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.
Principles
A bad cause will never be supported by bad means and bad men
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A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.
Appearance
A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it the superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason.
HabitThinking
A man does not serve God when he prays, for it is himself he is trying to serve
GodPrayer
Accustom a people to believe that priests, or any other class of men who can forgive sins, and you will have sins in abundance
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Action and care will in time wear down the strongest frame, but guilt and melancholy are poisons of quick dispatch
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All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.
ChurchReligion
All the tales of miracles, with which the Old and New Testament are filled, are fit only for impostors to preach and fools to believe
Miracles
An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot.
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And this manner of speaking of the Almighty, as one would speak of a man, is consistent with nothing but the stupidity of the Bible
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Any system of religion that has anything in it that shocks the mind of a child, cannot be true
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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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Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man
BeliefEvil
But such is the nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants is the liberty of appearing irresistible
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But there is not a passage in the Old Testament that speaks of a person, who, after being crucified, dead, and buried, should rise from the dead, and ascend into heaven
Religion
Calvinism is the belief (1) That there are three Gods (2) That good works, or the love of our neighbor are nothing (3) That faith is every thing, and the more incomprehensible the proposition, the more merit in its faith (4) That reason in religion
Religion
Character is much easier kept than recovered.
Character
Every national church or religion has established itself by pretending some special mission from God - as if the way to God was not open to every man alike
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Every religion is good that teaches man to be good; and I know of none that instructs him to be bad.
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