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Wise Thomas Paine Quotes

May you find great value in these quotes by Thomas Paine.

Lead follow or get out of the way.
- Thomas Paine

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'Tis the business of little minds to shrink,
but they whose heart is firm,
and whose conscience approves their conduct,
will pursue their principles unto death.
- Thomas Paine

The strength and power of despotism
consists wholly in the fear of resistance.
- Thomas Paine

The slavery of fear had made men afraid to think.
But such is the irresistible nature of truth,
that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.
- Thomas Paine, Rights of Man, 1791


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To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

A hero may or may not lead other people,
but all heroes lead themselves.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Blessed is he who has learned to admire but not envy,
to follow but not imitate, to praise but not flatter,
and to lead but not manipulate.
- William Arthur Ward

 

You manage things, you lead people.
- Grace Hopper

Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

To lead people walk behind them.
- Lao Tzu

We are not afraid to follow truth
wherever it may lead,
nor to tolerate any error
so long as reason is left free to combat it.
- Thomas Jefferson

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.
I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty,
believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
- Louisa May Alcott

Don't try to manage people;
You manage things; You lead people.
- Grace Hopper

You don't lead by hitting people over the head -
that's assault, not leadership.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Where are you going? Where does your path lead?
You can never know the future, yet wandering aimlessly
is unlikely to be the source of a fulfilling life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Most men lead lives of quiet desperation
and go to the grave with the song still in them.
- Henry David Thoreau

I confess that there is nothing to teach:
no religion, no science, no writings
which will lead your mind back to Spirit.
Today I speak this way, tomorrow that,
but always the Path is beyond words and beyond mind.
- Lao Tzu
(paraphrase)

Everything that irritates us about others
can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
- Carl Jung

It is better to lead from behind
and to put others in front,
especially when you celebrate victory
when nice things occur.
You take the front line when there is danger.
Then people will appreciate your leadership.
- Nelson Mandela

Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow.
Don't walk behind me; I may not lead.
Just walk beside me and be my friend.
- Albert Camus

Being human, we are imperfect. That's why we need each other.
To catch each other when we falter.
To encourage each other when we lose heart.
Some may lead; others may follow; but none of us can go it alone.
- Hilary Clinton

Education makes people easy to lead, but difficult to drive;
easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.
- Henry Peter Brougham

To lead a great life:
Dream, Take Action, Repeat.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.
- Henry David Thoreau

Pain is a difficult companion. There's no getting around that.
But, if pain is to be a companion, searching and discovering
your own best ways to travel with that pain
will lead you to the joy that you long to have.
They are your paths, your ways and while my experience
and the experiences of others may inspire you,
ultimately it will be the choices you discover
and make for yourself that lead you to certain joy
in the midst of your challenges.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

You can lead a man to Congress,
but you can't make him think.
- Milton Berle

Unconditional war can no longer lead to unconditional victory.
It can no longer serve to settle disputes...
can no longer be of concern to great powers alone.
- John F. Kennedy

If there are dreams about a beautiful South Africa,
there are also roads that lead to their goal.
Two of these roads could be named Goodness and Forgiveness.
- Nelson Mandela

Though force can protect in emergency,
only justice, fairness, consideration and cooperation
can finally lead men to the dawn of eternal peace.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

If sex and creativity are often
seen by dictators as subversive activities,
it's because they lead to the knowledge
that you own your own body
(and with it your own voice), and that's
the most revolutionary insight of all.
- Erica Jong

Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates.
You never know what you're gonna get.
- the movie Forrest Gump

Know thyself.
- Socrates (inscribed on the ancient Greek temple at Delphi)

Stand Tall, Stand Proud.
Know that you are unique and magnificent.
You do not need the approval of others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Know that the greatest fear is fear of the unknown.
Seek to meet the unknown with courage and a sense of adventure.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you don't know where you're going,
any road will take you there.
- Lewis Carroll
(Alice in Wonderland)

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
the courage to change the things I can;
and the wisdom to know the difference.
- Reinhold Niebuhr (Serenity Prayer)

There is so much we can never know.
Breathe deeply and relax into the not-knowing.
There is much that we do not have to know
in order to live joyfully.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The more I see, the less I know for sure.
- John Lennon

You have to know how to accept rejection, and reject acceptance.
- Ray Bradbury

Go to the people
Live among them
Learn from them
Love them
Serve them
Plan with them
Start with what they know
Build on what they have.
- Jimmy Yen (Y. C. James Yen)

One thing I know: the only ones among you
who will be really happy are those
who will have sought and found how to serve.
- Albert Schweitzer

We know nothing at all.
All our knowledge is but the knowledge of schoolchildren.
The real nature of things we shall never know.
- Albert Einstein

It's not what you don't know that kills you,
it's what you know for sure that ain't true.
- Mark Twain

Improve what you can
and accept all the rest of life
just as it comes.
Know that fear is your worst enemy -
perhaps your only enemy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is NOT "Supposed to be Fair."
Know that there is no single way that life is "supposed" to be.
Demanding that life meet our expectations
is a sure fire recipe for a miserable existence.
Life is a game with no rules.
Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions.
Our only path to happiness lies in being open
to receiving whatever life throws at us -
with Gratitude. Have NO Expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Know When To Be Done.
- Anonymous

"To know" is to know that you know nothing.
That is the meaning of true knowledge.
- Confucius

I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing,
and that is that I know nothing.
- Socrates

"Go to the people and live among them
in order to know them and learn from them.
- Jimmy Yen

Know that time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
You give your own meaning to time, as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Know the power and the peace of saying,
"I love you just the way you are."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.
- Socrates

As for me, all I know is that I know nothing.
- Socrates

Those who know how to think need no teachers.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

To know everything is to know nothing,
but to know nothing is to know everything.
- Confucius

He who knows, does not speak.
He who speaks, does not know.
- Lao Tzu

Know the power of perspective.
Be a passionate observer of life.
See the events, feel the emotions,
and recognize the difference.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Uncertainty that comes from knowledge
(knowing what you don't know)
is different from uncertainty coming from ignorance.
- Isaac Asimov

If we could first know where we are,
and whither we are tending,
we could then better judge what to do,
and how to do it.
- Abraham Lincoln

I distrust those people who know so well
what God wants them to do,
because I notice it always coincides
with their own desires.
- Susan B. Anthony

It is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know.
- Henry David Thoreau

Know that fear is your worst enemy -
perhaps your only enemy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The more you know the less you feel.
- Bono

You got to be careful if you
don't know where you're going,
because you might not get there.
- Yogi Berra

The years teach much which the days never know.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.
- Socrates

When you become centered, suddenly there is great freedom
because you know you are not the mind and you are not the body.
- Osho

When the well's dry, we know the worth of water.
- Benjamin Franklin

I know that I am intelligent,
because I know that I know nothing.
- Socrates

When I am working on a problem,
I never think about beauty,
but when I have finished,
if the solution is not beautiful,
I know it is wrong.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama


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