Thomas Paine: Accountability

“A body of men holding themselves accountable to nobody ought not to be trusted by anybody.”

—Thomas Paine.

Thomas Paine: Error, not truth

It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry. –Thomas Paine, philosopher and writer (1737-1809)

Thomas Paine, Engraving



Thomas Paine: Harder the conflict

Thomas Paine, Engraving

Thomas Paine, Engraving (Photo credit: Marion Doss)

“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. 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.