Thomas Paine's writings influenced a generation of revolutionists in both America and France. As you read some of Paine's quotes below, can you see how he inspired people to fight for freedom?
"These are the times that try men's souls."
"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
"That government is best which governs least."
"Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one."
"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."
"If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace."
"If we do not hang together, we shall surely hang separately."
As you can see, Paine was quite a philosopher. . . .
"Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice."
"Every science has for its basis a system of principles as fixed and unalterable as those by which the universe is regulated and governed. Man cannot make principles; he can only discover them."
"But such is the irresistable nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants is the liberty of appearing."
"There are two distinct classes of what are called thoughts: those that we produce in ourselves by reflection and the act of thinking and those that bolt into the mind of their own accord."
"A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right."
"That which we obtain too easily, we esteem too lightly."
"Time makes more converts than reason."
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