Thomas Paine citáty
Datum narození: 9. únor 1737
Datum úmrtí: 8. červen 1809
Další jména: Пейн Томас
Thomas Paine byl revolucionář, filosof , spisovatel , vynálezce a intelektuál.
Citáty Thomas Paine
Zdroj: [1999, Velké postavy západního myšlení, 347, 80-7260-002-8]
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1770s, Common Sense (1776)
Kontext: Society is produced by our wants, and government by wickedness; the former promotes our happiness positively by uniting our affections, the latter negatively by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a punisher. Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil.
Zdroj: A Letter Addressed to the Abbe Raynal on the Affairs of North America
„Independence is my happiness, and I view things as they are, without regard to place or person; my country is the world, and my religion is to do good.“
— Thomas Paine, kniha Rights of Man
Part 2.7 Chapter V. Ways and means of improving the condition of Europe, interspersed with miscellaneous observations
Zdroj: 1790s, Rights of Man, Part 2 (1792)
Kontext: I speak an open and disinterested language, dictated by no passion but that of humanity. To me, who have not only refused offers, because I thought them improper, but have declined rewards I might with reputation have accepted, it is no wonder that meanness and imposition appear disgustful. Independence is my happiness, and I view things as they are, without regard to place or person; my country is the world, and my religion is to do good.
„To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason, and whose philosophy consists in holding humanity in contempt, is like administering medicine to the dead, or endeavoring to convert an atheist by scripture.“
— Thomas Paine, kniha The American Crisis
The Crisis No. V
Zdroj: 1770s, The American Crisis (1776–1783)
„Every principal art has some science for its parent, though the person who mechanically performs the work does not always, and but very seldom, perceive the connection.“
— Thomas Paine, kniha The Age of Reason
1790s, The Age of Reason, Part I (1794)
Kontext: The Book of Job and the 19th Psalm, which even the Church admits to be more ancient than the chronological order in which they stand in the book called the Bible, are theological orations conformable to the original system of theology. The internal evidence of those orations proves to a demonstration that the study and contemplation of the works of creation, and of the power and wisdom of God, revealed and manifested in those works, made a great part in the religious devotion of the times in which they were written; and it was this devotional study and contemplation that led to the discovery of the principles upon which what are now called sciences are established; and it is to the discovery of these principles that almost all the arts that contribute to the convenience of human life owe their existence. Every principal art has some science for its parent, though the person who mechanically performs the work does not always, and but very seldom, perceive the connection.
1790s, Discourse to the Theophilanthropists (1798)
Kontext: The universe is the bible of a true Theophilanthropist. It is there that he reads of God. It is there that the proofs of his existence are to be sought and to be found. As to written or printed books, by whatever name they are called, they are the works of man's hands, and carry no evidence in themselves that God is the author of any of them. It must be in something that man could not make, that we must seek evidence for our belief, and that something is the universe; the true bible; the inimitable word, of God.
„Men who are sincere in defending their freedom, will always feel concern at every circumstance which seems to make against them“
The Crisis No. IV.
1770s, The American Crisis (1776–1783)
Kontext: Men who are sincere in defending their freedom, will always feel concern at every circumstance which seems to make against them; it is the natural and honest consequence of all affectionate attachments, and the want of it is a vice. But the dejection lasts only for a moment; they soon rise out of it with additional vigor; the glow of hope, courage and fortitude, will, in a little time, supply the place of every inferior passion, and kindle the whole heart into heroism.
— Thomas Paine, kniha Rights of Man
Part 1.3 Rights of Man
1790s, Rights of Man, Part I (1791)
Kontext: To possess ourselves of a clear idea of what government is, or ought to be, we must trace it to its origin. In doing this we shall easily discover that governments must have arisen either out of the people or over the people. Mr. Burke has made no distinction. He investigates nothing to its source, and therefore he confounds everything; but he has signified his intention of undertaking, at some future opportunity, a comparison between the constitution of England and France. As he thus renders it a subject of controversy by throwing the gauntlet, I take him upon his own ground. It is in high challenges that high truths have the right of appearing; and I accept it with the more readiness because it affords me, at the same time, an opportunity of pursuing the subject with respect to governments arising out of society.