Thomas Paine Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Thomas Paine quotes and Thomas Paine sayings, and Thomas Paine proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

"The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection. ‘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."

Thomas Paine

"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."

Thomas Paine

"It is an affront to treat falsehood with complaisance."

Thomas Paine

"Human nature is not of itself vicious."

Thomas Paine

"The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection."

Thomas Paine

"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 Paine

"Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one."

Thomas Paine

"It is from our enemies that we often gain excellent maxims, and are frequently surprised into reason by their mistakes."

Thomas Paine

"We have it in our power to change the world over."

Thomas Paine

"Not in numbers but in unity that our great strength lies."

Thomas Paine

"The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph."

Thomas Paine

"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."

Thomas Paine

"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 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."

Thomas Paine

"Character is much easier kept than recovered."

Thomas Paine

"Reputation is what men and women think of us. Character is what God and the angels know of us."

Thomas Paine

"Give to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself."

Thomas Paine

"What we obtain too cheaply, we esteem too lightly; it’s dearness only that gives everthing its value."

Thomas Paine

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