Thomas Paine

“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.”

“The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly.”

“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.”

“I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection.”

“If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.”

“A man’s worst difficulties begin when he is able to do as he likes.”

“These are the times that try men’s souls.”

“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.”