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About Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine

Life: 1737 - 1809

Country: gb flag England

Profession: Writer;

Thomas Paine (Thetford, England, 29 January 1737 - 8 June 1809, New York City, U.S.) was an English pamphleteer, revolutionary, radical, classical liberal and intellectual. Born in Great Britain, he lived and worked there until the age of 37, when he migrated to the American colonies just in time to take part in the American Revolution. His main contribution was as the author of the powerful, widely read pamphlet, Common Sense (1776), advocating independence for the American Colonies from the Kingdom of Great Britain, and of The American Crisis, supporting the Revolution.

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Quotations

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

~ Thomas Paine

If there is a country in the world where concord, according to common calculation, would be least expected, it is America.

~ Thomas Paine

Infidelity does not consist in believing or in disbelieving: it consists in professing to believe what one does not believe.

~ Thomas Paine

It is not a field of a few acres of ground, but a cause, that we are defending, and whether we defeat the enemy in one battle, or by degrees, the consequences will be the same.

~ Thomas Paine

A bad cause will never be supported by bad means and bad men.

~ Thomas Paine

'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

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.

~ Thomas Paine

I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and row 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

These are the times that try men's souls.

~ Thomas Paine

We fight not to enslave, but to set a country free, and to make room upon the earth for honest men to live in.

~ Thomas Paine

Action and care will in time wear down the strongest frame, but guilt and melancholy are poisons of quick dispatch.

~ Thomas Paine

It is with pious fraud as with a bad action; it begets a calamitous necessity of going on.

~ Thomas Paine

Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man.

~ Thomas Paine

Ignorance is of a peculiar nature. Once dispelled it is impossible to re-establish it.

~ Thomas Paine

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. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that 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

- "The Crisis", 1776

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