Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.
Those who want to reap the benefits of this great nation must bear the fatigue of supporting it.
When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon.
The strength and power of despotism consists wholly in the fear of resistance.
I prefer peace. But if trouble must come, let it come in my time, so that my children can live in peace.
A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.
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 — quotes and aphorisms
Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us.
The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.
The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.