Founding Fathers: 26 Thomas Paine Quotes

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My Town Tutors loves history. In honor of the 4th of July, we are compiling great quotes from the founding fathers.

Below are quotes from Thomas Paine:

  1. “If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.” Thomas Paine
  2. “These are the times that try men’s souls.” Thomas Paine
  3. “The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”

    Thomas Paine

  4. “What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value.” Thomas Paine
  5. “The greatest remedy for anger is delay.” Thomas Paine
  6. “Better fare hard with good men than feast it with bad.” Thomas Paine
  7. “Lead, follow, or get out of the way.” Thomas Paine
  8. “Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.” Thomas Paine
  9. “We have it in our power to begin the world over again.” Thomas Paine
  10. “He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.” Thomas Paine
  11. “A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue, but moderation in principle is always a vice.” Thomas Paine, “The Rights of Man”, 1792
  12. “An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot.” Thomas Paine
  13. “Character is much easier kept than recovered.” Thomas Paine
  14. “Society is produced by our wants and government by our wickedness.” Thomas Paine
  15. “Such is the irresistible nature of truth that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.” Thomas Paine
  16. “The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.” Thomas Paine
  17. “The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.” Thomas Paine
  18. “To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.” Thomas Paine
  19. “When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.” Thomas Paine
  20. “When my country, into which I had just set my foot, was set on fire about my ears, it was time to stir. It was time for every man to stir.” Thomas Paine, Common Sense
  21. “We fight not to enslave, but to set a country free, and to make room upon the earth for honest men to live in.” Thomas Paine

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