Thomas Paine Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Thomas Paine quotes, Thomas Paine sayings, and Thomas Paine proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

What at first was plunder assumed the softer name of revenue. Thomas Paine
The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection. Thomas Paine
When all other rights are taken away, the right of rebellion is made perfect. Thomas Paine
The protection of a man's person is more sacred than the protection of his property. Thomas Paine
The cunning of the fox is as murderous as the violence of the wolf. Thomas Paine
There is something in corruption which, like a jaundiced eye, transfers the color of itself to the object it looks upon, and sees everything stained and impure. Thomas Paine
It is the direction and not the magnitude which is to be taken into consideration. Thomas Paine
The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. Thomas Paine
He that rebels against reason is a real rebel, but he that in defence of reason rebels against tyranny has a better title to Defender of the Faith, than George the Third. Thomas Paine
Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst. Thomas Paine
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 every thing its value. Thomas Paine
Tears may soothe the wounds they cannot heal. Thomas Paine
We can only reason from what is; we can reason on actualities, but not on possibilities. Thomas Paine
Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice. Thomas Paine
The duty of man is not a wilderness of turnpike gates, through which he is to pass by tickets from one to the other. It is plain and simple, and consists but of two points--his duty God, which every man must feel; and, with respect to his neighbor, to do as he would be done by. Thomas Paine
A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right. Thomas Paine
What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. Thomas Paine
Public credit is suspicion asleep. Thomas Paine
The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection. Thomas Paine
The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection. Thomas Paine
Titles are but nicknames, and every nickname is a title. Thomas Paine
Titles do not count with posterity. Thomas Paine
Titles are like a magicians wand which circumscribe human facility and prevent us from living the lives of man. Thomas Paine
Men did not make the earth... It is the value of the improvements only, and not the earth itself, that is individual property. ... Every proprietor owes to the community a ground rent for the land which he holds. Thomas Paine
Persecution is not an original feature in any religion; but it is always the strongly marked feature of all religions established by law. Thomas Paine
Suspicion and persecution are weeds of the same dunghill, and flourish best together. Thomas Paine
Oppression is often the consequence, but seldom or never the means of riches. Thomas Paine
The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection. Thomas Paine
Government without a constitution, is a power without a right. Thomas Paine
When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon. Thomas Paine