Thomas Paine quotes
Thomas Paine (1737-1809) was born on the twenty-ninth of January 1737 at Thetford, Norfolk in England, as a son of a Quaker. Often-quoted words, "These are the times that try men's souls." Its terse, sharp, incisive, and vigorous sentences stirred the people with irrepressible aspirations for independence.
"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 this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives everything its value." ~ Thomas Paine
The great political philosopher Thomas Paine, whose writings influenced the American Revolution, the French Revolution, and freethought movements ever since; but, unfortunately, he couldn't free American's from their dogmatic following of the bible or the disgraceful institution of slavery in his lifetime