Every religion is good that teaches man to be good and I know of none that instructs him to be bad.
Quote by Thomas Paine
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Any system of religion that has anything in it that shocks the mind of a child, cannot be true.
The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.
The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.
Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man.
He that rebels against reason is a real rebel, but he that in defence of reason rebels against tyranny has a better title to Defender of the Faith, than George the Third.
'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.
Those who want to reap the benefits of this great nation must bear the fatigue of supporting it.
Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best stage, is but a necessary evil in its worst state an intolerable one.
To say that any people are not fit for freedom, is to make poverty their choice, and to say they had rather be loaded with taxes than not.
If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.
The one thing that makes me feel super lucky about my financial success is that I have a housekeeper.
Those who visit foreign nations, but associate only with their own country-men, change their climate, but not their customs. They see new meridians, but the same men and with heads as empty as their pockets, return home with traveled bodies, but untravelled minds.
With the theatre, your whole day is geared towards the evening's show, and that's the job. People usually go to work about 9 and come home around 5, or maybe 7.
Every morning I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I'm not there, I go to work.
To take a photograph is to participate in another person's mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time's relentless melt.
We can't blame children for occupying themselves with Facebook rather than playing in the mud. Our society doesn't put a priority on connecting with nature. In fact, too often we tell them it's dirty and dangerous.
I'm in awe of the universe, but I don't necessarily believe there's an intelligence or agent behind it. I do have a passion for the visual in religious rituals, though, even though they may be completely empty and bereft of substance. The incense is powerful and provocative, whether Buddhist or Catholic.
Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.
I had a very wise person tell me that he thinks marriage, when you're younger, you keep thinking you can fix things. That's what people do. And you can't really fix anything. It shouldn't be a massive difficult thing every day. Life's difficult enough.
The quick success was a bit strange to get used to.