Posts Tagged ‘Thomas Paine’

Quote of the day, Dec. 18

December 18, 2017

Thomas Paine, from Rights of Man

“When it can be said by any country in the world, my poor are happy, neither ignorance nor distress is to be found among them, my jails are empty of prisoners, my streets of beggars, the aged are not in want, the taxes are not oppressive, the rational world is my friend because I am the friend of happiness. When these things can be said, then may that country boast its constitution and government. Independence is my happiness, the world is my country and my religion is to do good.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 1

November 2, 2017

Thomas Paine, from The Age of Reason

“I have always strenuously supported the right of every man to his own opinion, however different that opinion might be to mine. He who denies to another this right, makes a slave of himself to his present opinion, because he precludes himself the right of changing it.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 10

August 10, 2017

Thomas Paine, on education

“The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 16

February 16, 2017

Thomas Paine, from Common Sense (1776)

“… a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defence of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason.”

Quote of the day, April 23

April 23, 2016

Thomas Paine, from The American Crisis

“What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives everything its value.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 17

February 17, 2015

Thomas Paine, on liberty (from The American Crisis)

“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.”

Quote of the day, Sept. 16

September 16, 2014

Thomas Paine, on the right to vote (1795)

“The right of voting for representatives is the primary right by which other rights are protected. To take away this right is to reduce a man to slavery, for slavery consists in being subject to the will of another, and he that has not a vote in the election of representatives is in this case.”

Quote of the day April 25

April 25, 2014

Thomas Paine (1776)

“It matters not where you live, or what rank of life you hold, the evil or the blessing will reach you all. (more…)

Quote of the day, April 1

April 1, 2013

Thomas Paine, on independence (1791)

“I speak an open and disinterested language, dictated by no passion but that of humanity.  (more…)

Quote of the day, Feb. 18

February 17, 2013

Thomas Paine, on God, happiness and equality

“I believe in one God, and no more; and I hope for happiness beyond this life. I believe the equality of man; and I believe that religious duties consists in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow-creatures happy.”