Best Quotes by Thomas Paine (Top 10)

  1. These are the times that try men's souls.
  2. Independence is my happiness, and I view things as they are, without regard to place or person; my country is the world, and my religion is to do good.
  3. Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.
  4. 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.
  5. If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.
  6. 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 defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason.
  7. A body of men holding themselves accountable to nobody ought not to be trusted by anybody.
  8. Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.
  9. 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.
  10. The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.

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