War, object, makes, honorable, there, world, America, now, engaged. 1770s, Common Sense (1776)Context: The sun never shined on a cause of greater worth. It sees that an oak produces an acorn, an acorn an oak, a bird an egg, an egg a bird, and so on. It sees upon the surface a perpetual decomposition and recomposition of matter. Tags: What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. strongly marked feature of all law- religions, or 1790s, Letter to the Addressers (1792)Context: It is from a strange mixture of tyranny and cowardice that exclusions have been set up and continued. Although Thomas Paine died in 1809, his words are still used to motivate and inspire people. Please set a username for yourself. But those days are past, persecution has ceased, and the antidote then set up against it has no longer even the shadow of apology. There are two distinct classes of men - those who pay taxes and those who receive and live upon taxes. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving, it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe.”, “Persecution is not an original feature in any religion; but it is always the strongly marked feature of all religions established by law.”, “Of all the systems of religion that ever were invented, there is no more derogatory to the Almighty, more unedifying to man, more repugnant to reason, and more contradictory to itself than this thing called Christianity. They are a monopoly for power and profit. They labor with studied ingenuity to ascribe everything they behold to innate properties of matter and jump over all the rest by saying that matter is eternal. '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. 249 2 Thomas Paine. But if trouble must come, let it come in my time, so that my children can live in peace. … It would be far, far better for us to let a thousand devils roam the world, and publicly preach the doctrine of devils (if there were such a thing, which there isn't), than to let one impostor and monster such a Moses, Joshua, Samuel or the Bible prophets come speaking the so-called word of God, and causing men to believe it. Tags: February 1737Date of death: 8. [A]ll churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Muslim, are simply human inventions. 1790s, First Principles of Government (1795)Context: It is never to be expected in a revolution that every man is to change his opinion at the same moment. And when we speak of looking through nature up to nature's God, we speak philosophically the same rational language as when we speak of looking through human laws up to the power that ordained them.God is the power of first cause, nature is the law, and matter is the subject acted upon.But infidelity by ascribing every phenomenon to properties of matter, conceives a system for which it cannot account, and yet it pretends to demonstration. They labor with studied ingenuity to ascribe everything they behold to innate properties of matter and jump over all the rest by saying that matter is eternal.“, „In things of this kind it sees something which it calls a natural cause, but none of the causes it sees is the cause of that motion which preserves the solar system.“, „When the rich plunder the poor of his rights, it becomes an example of the poor to plunder the rich of his property, for the rights of the one are as much property to him as wealth is property to the other and the little all is as dear as the much. It is only by setting out on just principles that men are trained to be just to each other; and it will always be found, that when the rich protect the rights of the poor, the poor will protect the property of the rich. 1790s, Discourse to the Theophilanthropists (1798)Context: The evil that has resulted from the error of the schools in teaching natural philosophy as an accomplishment only has been that of generating in the pupils a species of atheism. My country is the world, and my religion is to do good. It focused on the idea that the nobility did not have an inherent right to govern the masses. Is it we that light up the sun, that pour down the rain, and fill the earth with abundance? Follow AzQuotes on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. We do this without any apprehension of that belief being made a cause of persecution as other beliefs have been, or of suffering persecution ourselves. Beautiful quotes.Share your passion for quotes. In December 1793, he was arrested and was taken to Luxembourg Prison in Paris. Let them call me rebel and welcome, I feel no concern from it; but I should suffer the misery of devils, were I to make a whore of my soul by swearing allegiance to one whose character is that of a sottish, stupid, stubborn, worthless, brutish man. You cannot undermine police authority and then complain about rising crime. Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it. Man cannot make principles, he can The Crisis No. 2 Il est plus facile de garder intacte sa réputation que de la blanchir quand elle est ternie.