Thomas Paine Gets It Right

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.


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


Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man.


Character is much easier kept than recovered.


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


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.


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 we do not hang together, we shall surely hang separately.


Lead, follow, or get out of the way.


These are the times that try men’s souls.


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