Thomas Paine (1737-1809) …

Posted: September 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

Thomas Paine (1737-1809)
Anglo-American political philosopher, whose writings influenced the American Revolution (1775-1783), the French Revolution (1789-1799), and freethought movements ever since; but, unfortunately, Paine could not awaken the Americans to the destruction that was their love affair with the biblical institution of human slavery until after Abraham Lincoln had read Paine’s writings as a young man, and had thus been duly inspired to struggle for change

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He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression.
— Thomas Paine, Dissertations on First Principles of Government (July 7, 1795), as quoted by Joseph Lewis in Wisdom from the Writings of Thomas Paine

Toleration is not the opposite of intolerance but the counterfeit of it. Both are despotisms: the one assumes to itself the right of withholding liberty of conscience, the other of granting it.
— Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man

Persecution is not an original feature in any religion; but it is always the strongly marked feature of all religions established by law. Take away the law-establishment, and every religion re-assumes its original benignity.
— Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man (1791)

When an objection cannot be made formidable, there is some policy in trying to make it frightful; and to substitute the yell and the war-whoop, in the place of reason, argument and good order.
— Thomas Paine, as quoted by Joseph Lewis in Wisdom from the Writings of Thomas Paine (no pagination or references)

It is always to be taken for granted, that those who oppose an equality of rights never mean the exclusion should take place on themselves.
— Thomas Paine, as quoted by Joseph Lewis in Wisdom from the Writings of Thomas Paine (no pagination or references)

The countries the most famous and the most respected of antiquity are those which distinguished themselves by promoting and patronizing science, and on the contrary those which neglected or discouraged it are universally denominated rude and barbarous.
— Thomas Paine, as quoted by Joseph Lewis in Wisdom from the Writings of Thomas Paine (no pagination or references)

All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.
— Thomas Paine, (1737-1809), The Age of Reason, pt. 1, “The Author’s Profession of Faith” (1794), quoted from The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations

Of all the tyrannies that afflict mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst. Every other species of tyranny is limited to the world we live in, but this attempts a stride beyond the grave and seeks to pursue us into eternity.
— Thomas Paine, as quoted by Joseph Lewis in Wisdom from the Writings of Thomas Paine (no pagination or references)

The story of the redemption will not stand examination. That man should redeem himself from the sin of eating an apple by committing a murder on Jesus Christ, is the strangest system of religion ever set up.
— Thomas Paine, as quoted by Joseph Lewis in Wisdom from the Writings of Thomas Paine (no pagination or references)

The most detestable wickedness, the most horrid cruelties, and the greatest miseries that have afflicted the human race have had their origin in this thing called revelation, or revealed religion.
— Thomas Paine, as quoted by Joseph Lewis in Wisdom from the Writings of Thomas Paine (no pagination or references)

The continually progressive change to which the meaning of words is subject, the want of a universal language which renders translation necessary, the errors to which translations are again subject, the mistakes of copyists and printers, together with the possibility of willful alteration, are of themselves evidences that the human language, whether in speech or in print, cannot be the vehicle of the Word of God. The Word of God exists in something else.
— Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason

I am sensible that he who means to do mankind a real service must set down with the determination of putting up, and bearing with all their faults, follies, prejudices and mistakes until he can convince them that he is right.
— Thomas Paine, as quoted by Joseph Lewis in Wisdom from the Writings of Thomas Paine (no pagination or references)

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