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    A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right. Thomas-PaineThomas Paine
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    An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot. Thomas-PaineThomas Paine
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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. Thomas-PaineThomas Paine
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    Character is much easier kept than recovered. Thomas-PaineThomas Paine
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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. Thomas-PaineThomas Paine
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    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. Thomas-PaineThomas Paine
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    He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself. Thomas-PaineThomas Paine
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    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. Thomas-PaineThomas Paine
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    He who is the author of a war lets loose the whole contagion of hell and opens a vein that bleeds a nation to death. Thomas-PaineThomas Paine
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    I believe in the equality of man; and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow-creatures happy. Thomas-PaineThomas Paine
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    If we do not hang together, we shall surely hang separately. Thomas-PaineThomas Paine
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    Is it not a species of blasphemy to call the New Testament revealed religion, when we see in it such contradictions and absurdities. Thomas-PaineThomas Paine
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    It is an affront to treat falsehood with complaisance. Thomas-PaineThomas Paine
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    It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry. Thomas-PaineThomas Paine
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    It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving, it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe. Thomas-PaineThomas Paine
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    It is the direction and not the magnitude which is to be taken into consideration. Thomas-PaineThomas Paine
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    Lead, follow, or get out of the way. Thomas-PaineThomas Paine
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    Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice. Thomas-PaineThomas Paine
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    My country is the world, and my religion is to do good. Thomas-PaineThomas Paine
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    My mind is my own church. Thomas-PaineThomas Paine
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    One good schoolmaster is of more use than a hundred priests. Thomas-Paine/">Thomas Paine
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    Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best stage, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one. Thomas-Paine/">Thomas Paine
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    Suspicion is the companion of mean souls, and the bane of all good society. Thomas-Paine/">Thomas Paine
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    That God cannot lie, is no advantage to your argument, because it is no proof that priests can not, or that the Bible does not. Thomas-Paine/">Thomas Paine
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    That which we obtain too easily, we esteem too lightly. Thomas-Paine/">Thomas Paine
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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. Thomas-Paine/">Thomas Paine
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    The greatest remedy for anger is delay. Thomas-Paine/">Thomas Paine
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    The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. Thomas-Paine/">Thomas Paine
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    The instant formal government is abolished, society begins to act. A general association takes place, and common interest produces common security. Thomas-Paine/">Thomas Paine
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    The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection. Thomas-Paine/">Thomas Paine
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    The whole religious complexion of the modern world is due to the absence from Jerusalem of a lunatic asylum. Thomas-Paine/">Thomas Paine
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    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. Thomas-Paine/">Thomas Paine
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    There are two distinct classes of what are called thoughts: those that we produce in ourselves by reflection and the act of thinking and those that bolt into the mind of their own accord. Thomas-Paine/">Thomas Paine
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    These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Thomas-Paine/">Thomas Paine
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    These are times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Thomas-Paine/">Thomas Paine
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    Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it. Thomas-Paine/">Thomas Paine
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    Time makes more converts than reason. Thomas-Paine/">Thomas Paine
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    To say that any people are not fit for freedom, is to make poverty their choice, and to say they had rather be loaded with taxes than not. Thomas-Paine/">Thomas Paine
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    Virtues are acquired through endeavor, Which rests wholly upon yourself. So, to praise others for their virtues Can but encourage one's own efforts. Thomas-Paine/">Thomas Paine
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    War involves in its progress such a train of unforeseen circumstances that no human wisdom can calculate the end; it has but one thing certain, and that is to increase taxes. Thomas-Paine/">Thomas Paine
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    We have it in our power to begin the world over again. Thomas-Paine/41.php">Thomas Paine
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    What we obtain too cheap, we esteem to lightly. Thomas-Paine/42.php">Thomas Paine
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    What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. Thomas-Paine/43.php">Thomas Paine
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    When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon. Thomas-Paine/44.php">Thomas Paine