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 we obtain too cheaply, we esteem too lightly; it's dearness only that gives everthing its value.     

Thomas Paine

Give to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself.     

Thomas Paine

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

Thomas Paine

Character is much easier kept than recovered.     

Thomas Paine

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.     

Thomas Paine

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.     

Thomas Paine

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.     

Thomas Paine

The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.     

Thomas Paine

Not in numbers but in unity that our great strength lies.     

Thomas Paine

We have it in our power to change the world over.     

Thomas Paine

It is from our enemies that we often gain excellent maxims, and are frequently surprised into reason by their mistakes.     

Thomas Paine

Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.     

Thomas Paine

It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing or in disbelieving; it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe.     

Thomas Paine

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

Thomas Paine

Human nature is not of itself vicious.     

Thomas Paine

Not in numbers but in unity that our great strength lies.     

Thomas Paine

It is an affront to treat falsehood with complaisance.     

Thomas Paine

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.     

Thomas Paine

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 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.     

Thomas Paine

The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.     

Thomas Paine

The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.     

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

An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot.     

Thomas Paine

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

Thomas Paine

The balance of power is the scale of peace.     

Thomas Paine

He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach himself.     

Thomas Paine

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.     

Thomas Paine

I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish Church, by the Roman Church, by the Greek Church, by the Turkish Church, by the Protestant Church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my own church.     

Thomas Paine

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

Thomas Paine