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American (English-born) political writer and free thinker
(1737 - 1809)
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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.
      - [Christianity : Redemption]

The strength and power of despotism consists wholly in the fear of resistance.
      - [Despotism]

The world is my country,
  All mankind is my brethren,
    To do good is my religion,
      I believe in one God and no more.
      - [Religion]

There is a natural firmness in some minds, which cannot be unlocked by trifles, but which, when unlocked, discovers a cabinet of fortitude.
      - [Firmness]

There is something in meanness which excites a species of resentment that never subsides, and something in cruelty which stirs up the heart to the highest agony of human hatred.
      - [Meanness]

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.
      - [Freedom]

Though the flame of liberty may sometimes cease to shine, the coal can never expire.
      - [Liberty]

Time makes more converts than reason.
      - [Time]

Titles do not count with posterity.
      - [Titles]

Virtue is not hereditary.
      - [Virtue]

War involves in its progress such a train of unforeseen circumstances that no human wisdom can calculate the end; it has but one thing certain, and that is to increase taxes.
      - [War]

War ought to be no man's wish.
      - [War]

We feel something like respect for consistency even in error. We lament the virtue that is debauched into a vice; but the vice that affects a virtue becomes the more detestable.
      - [Consistency]

We fight not to enslave, but to set a country free, and to make room upon the earth for honest men to live in.
      - [Revolution]

Whatever has a tendency to promote the civil intercourse of nations by an exchange of benefits is a subject as worthy of philosophy as of politics.
      - [Commerce]

When all other rights are taken away, the right of rebellion is made perfect.
      - [Rebellion]

When the tongue or the pen is let loose in a frenzy of passion, it is the man, and not the subject, that becomes exhausted.
      - [Passion]

When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.
      - [Virtue]

Where is something in corruption which, like a jaundiced eye, transfer the color of itself to the object it looks upon, and sees everything stained and impure.
      - [Corruption]

Wrong cannot have a legal descendant.
      - [Wrong]

When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon.
      - Reflections on Titles [Liberty]

My country is the world, and my religion to do good.
      - Rights of Man (ch. V) [Patriotism]

The sublime and the ridiculous are often so nearly related that it is difficult to class them separately. One step above the sublime makes the ridiculous, and one step above the ridiculous makes the sublime again.
      - The Age of Reason (pt. II) [Ridicule : Style]

These are the times that try men's souls. The Summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the Service of their country, but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like Hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have the consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheaply we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything of value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated.
      - The American Crisis (no. 1) [Time : War]

It is the object only of war that makes it honorable. And if there was ever a just war since the world began, it is this in which America is now engaged. . . .
  We fight not to enslave, but to set a country free, and to make room upon the earth for honest men to live in.
      - The American Crisis (no. 5) [War]

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