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Character is much easier kept than recovered.
Thomas Paine

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

Attempting to debate with a person who has abandoned reason is like giving medicine to the
dead.
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I have always strenuously supported the right of every man to his own opinion, however
different that opinion might be to mine. He who denies to another this right, makes a slave of
himself to his present opinion, because he precludes himself the right of changing it.
Thomas Paine

Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.
Thomas Paine

It is not a God, just and good, but a devil, under the name of God, that the Bible describes.
Thomas Paine

The duty of a patriot is to protect his country from its government.
Thomas Paine

Freedom had been hunted round the globe; reason was considered as rebellion; and the
slavery of fear had made men afraid to think. But such is the irresistible nature of truth, that
all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.
Thomas Paine

One good schoolmaster is of more use than a hundred priests.
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The most formidable weapon against errors of every kind is reason. I have never used any
other, and I trust I never shall.
Thomas Paine

That government is best which governs least.
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For as in absolute governments the king is law, so in free countries the law ought to be king
and there ought to be no other.
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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

Of all the systems of religion that ever were invented, there is none more derogatory to the
Almighty, more unedifying to man, more repugnant to reason, and more contradictory in itself,
than this thing called Christianity. Too absurd for belief, too impossible to convince, and too
inconsistent for practice, it renders the heart torpid or produces only atheists or
fanatics.
Thomas Paine

Entrepreneur's Credo: I do not choose to be a common man, It is my right to be uncommon if
I can, I seek opportunity not security. I do not wish to be a kept citizen. Humbled and dulled
by having the State look after me. I want to take the calculated risk; To dream and to build.
To fail and to succeed. I refuse to barter incentive for a dole; I prefer the challenges of life
To the guaranteed existence; The thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of Utopia. I will not
trade freedom for beneficence nor my dignity for a handout. I will never cower before any
master nor bend to any threat. It is my heritage to stand erect. Proud and unafraid; To think
and act for myself, to enjoy the benefit of my creations and to face the world boldly and say:
This, with God's help, I have done. All this is what it means to be an Entrepreneur.
Thomas Paine

Of more worth is one honest man to society and in the sight of God, than all the crowned
ruffians that ever lived.
Thomas Paine

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