Thomas Paine, born February 9th, 1737, was an English-American political activist, political theorist, philosopher, and revolutionary. He was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, and helped lead numerous rebels rally for their independence from Britain. Born in Thetford in the English county of Norfolk, Paine left his home in 1774 and migrated to the British American colonies with the help of Benjamin Franklin. He arrived when the American Revolution had begun and found various ways to participate in the revolution. Paine had famously released a powerful pamphlet titled “Common Sense” and later released another titled “The American Crisis”. Paine inspired the rebels and used his words in those pamphlets to encourage their fight for independence.
After spending most of the 1970s living in France and becoming involved in the French Revolution, Paine was eventually arrested in 1793. While arrested, Paine worked on his pamphlet titled “The Age of Reason.” This pamphlet brought him notoriety as he used his words to promote reason and free thought. He went against institutionalized religions, which of course included Christianity. Paine’s work brought him a lot of controversy, as he publically condemned and ridiculed Christianity. However, Paine received much praise long after his passing. His contributions to the American Revolution as well as his many pamphlets have helped shape the identity of the United States of America.
While Paine’s ideas were different from the adopted theories and beliefs of those living within society, Paine did not shy away from them. He stood by his theories and further explored and shared them with others. It of course led to much ridicule, but he did not slow down for others. He did not censor his thoughts to appease the masses, but instead stood by them and allowed them to take flight. Here are ten quotes by Thomas Paine.
“The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” – Thomas Paine
“These are the times that try men’s souls.” – Thomas Paine
“Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.” – Thomas Paine
“If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.” – 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
“What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value.” – Thomas Paine
“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.” – Thomas Paine
“The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.” – Thomas Paine
“A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.” – Thomas Paine
“We have it in our power to begin the world over again.” – Thomas Paine
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