Quotes by Thomas Paine

Reputation is what men and women think of us character is what God and angels know of us.

War involves in its progress such a train of unforeseen circumstances that no human wisdom can calculate the end it has but one thing certain, and that is to increase taxes.

He who is the author of a war lets loose the whole contagion of hell and opens a vein that bleeds a nation to death.

To establish any mode to abolish war, however advantageous it might be to Nations, would be to take from such Government the most lucrative of its branches.

But such is the irresistable nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants is the liberty of appearing.

It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry.

Time makes more converts than reason.

I prefer peace. But if trouble must come, let it come in my time, so that my children can live in peace.

The strength and power of despotism consists wholly in the fear of resistance.

The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.