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Thomas Paine

Geburtstag: 29. Januar 1737
Todesdatum: 8. Juni 1809
Andere Namen: Пейн Томас

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Thomas Paine, geboren als Thomas Pain, war ein einflussreicher politischer Intellektueller und einer der Gründerväter der Vereinigten Staaten im Zeitalter der Aufklärung.

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„Unabhängigkeit ist mein Glück, und ich sehe die Dinge wie sie sind ohne Rücksicht auf Ort oder Person: mein Vaterland ist die Welt, und meine Religion ist Gutes thun.“

—  Thomas Paine
Die Rechte des Menschen: Aus dem Englischen übersetzt. Worin Grundsatz und Ausübung verbunden sind. Zweiter Theil, Kopenhagen 1792, S. 115 Original engl.: "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." - "Rights of Man" (1792), Part Two, Chapter V, en.wikisource https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Rights_of_Man

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„Die Gesellschaft ist in jedem Zustande ein Segen, während die Regierung selbst im besten Zustande nur ein nothwendiges, im schlechtesten Zustande aber ein unerträgliches Uebel ist; […].“

—  Thomas Paine
Der gesunde Menschenverstand, in: Die politischen Werke von Thomas Paine, Erster Band, Philadelphia 1852. S. 178 Original engl.: "Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one; [...]." - Common Sense (14. Februar 1776), Philadelphia: Bradford. MDCCLXXVI. p. 7 , en.wikisource http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Common_Sense

„The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark.“

—  Thomas Paine, 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, book Rights of Man
1790s, Rights of Man, Part 2 (1792), Context: 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. Part 2.7 Chapter V. Ways and means of improving the condition of Europe, interspersed with miscellaneous observations

„Man cannot make principles, he can only discover them.“

—  Thomas Paine, book The Age of Reason
1790s, The Age of Reason, Part I (1794), Context: It is a fraud of the Christian system to call the sciences human invention; it is only the application of them that is human. Every science has for its basis a system of principles as fixed and unalterable as those by which the universe is regulated and governed. Man cannot make principles, he can only discover them.

„To take away this right is to reduce a man to slavery, for slavery consists in being subject to the will of another, and he that has not a vote in the election of representatives is in this case.“

—  Thomas Paine
1790s, First Principles of Government (1795), Context: The right of voting for representatives is the primary right by which other rights are protected. To take away this right is to reduce a man to slavery, for slavery consists in being subject to the will of another, and he that has not a vote in the election of representatives is in this case.

„The atheist who affects to reason, and the fanatic who rejects reason, plunge themselves alike into inextricable difficulties.“

—  Thomas Paine
1790s, Discourse to the Theophilanthropists (1798), Context: The atheist who affects to reason, and the fanatic who rejects reason, plunge themselves alike into inextricable difficulties. The one perverts the sublime and enlightening study of natural philosophy into a deformity of absurdities by not reasoning to the end. The other loses himself in the obscurity of metaphysical theories, and dishonours the Creator, by treating the study of his works with contempt. The one is a half-rational of whom there is some hope, the other a visionary to whom we must be charitable.

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„The sublime and the ridiculous are often so nearly related, that it is difficult to class them separately.“

—  Thomas Paine, book The Age of Reason
1790s, The Age of Reason, Part II (1795), Context: The sublime and the ridiculous are often so nearly related, that it is difficult to class them separately. One step above the sublime makes the ridiculous, and one step above the ridiculous makes the sublime again. Chapter I: The Old Testament; this may be the origin of Napoleon's celebrated mot, Du sublime au ridicule il n'y a qu'un pas (From the sublime to the ridiculous there is but one step).

„I believe in one God, and no more; and I hope for happiness beyond this life.“

—  Thomas Paine, book The Age of Reason
1790s, The Age of Reason, Part I (1794), Context: I believe in one God, and no more; and I hope for happiness beyond this life. I believe in the equality of man; and I believe that religious duties consists in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow-creatures happy. http://books.google.com/books?id=mHpbAAAAQAAJ&q="I+believe+in+one+God+and+no+more+and+I+hope+for+happiness+beyond+this+life+I+believe+the+equality+of+man+and+I+believe+that+religious+duties+consists+in+doing+justice+loving+mercy+and+endeavoring+to+make+our+fellow+creatures+happy"&pg=PA3#v=onepage.

„The study of theology as it stands in Christian churches, is the study of nothing; it is founded on nothing; it rests on no principles; it proceeds by no authorities; it has no data; it can demonstrate nothing; and admits of no conclusion.“

—  Thomas Paine, book The Age of Reason
1790s, The Age of Reason, Part II (1795), Context: The study of theology as it stands in Christian churches, is the study of nothing; it is founded on nothing; it rests on no principles; it proceeds by no authorities; it has no data; it can demonstrate nothing; and admits of no conclusion. Not any thing can be studied as a science without our being in possession of the principles upon which it is founded; and as this is not the case with Christian theology, it is therefore the study of nothing. Chapter III: Conclusion.

„As to the Christian system of faith, it appears to me as a species of Atheism — a sort of religious denial of God. It professes to believe in a man rather than in God. It is a compound made up chiefly of Manism with but little Deism, and is as near to Atheism as twilight is to darkness.“

—  Thomas Paine, book The Age of Reason
1790s, The Age of Reason, Part I (1794), Context: As to the Christian system of faith, it appears to me as a species of Atheism — a sort of religious denial of God. It professes to believe in a man rather than in God. It is a compound made up chiefly of Manism with but little Deism, and is as near to Atheism as twilight is to darkness. It introduces between man and his Maker an opaque body, which it calls a Redeemer, as the moon introduces her opaque self between the earth and the sun, and it produces by this means a religious, or an irreligious, eclipse of light. It has put the whole orbit of reason into shade.

„Toleration is not the opposite of Intolerance, but is the counterfeit of it. Both are despotisms.“

—  Thomas Paine, book Rights of Man
1790s, Rights of Man, Part I (1791), Context: Toleration is not the opposite of Intolerance, but is the counterfeit of it. Both are despotisms. The one assumes to itself the right of withholding Liberty of Conscience, and the other of granting it. The one is the Pope armed with fire and faggot, and the other is the Pope selling or granting indulgences. The former is church and state, and the latter is church and traffic. Part 1.3 Rights of Man

„There never did, there never will, and there never can, exist a Parliament, or any description of men, or any generation of men, in any country, possessed of the right or the power of binding and controlling posterity to the "end of time," or of commanding for ever how the world shall be governed“

—  Thomas Paine, book Rights of Man
1790s, Rights of Man, Part I (1791), Context: There never did, there never will, and there never can, exist a Parliament, or any description of men, or any generation of men, in any country, possessed of the right or the power of binding and controlling posterity to the "end of time," or of commanding for ever how the world shall be governed, or who shall govern it; and therefore all such clauses, acts or declarations by which the makers of them attempt to do what they have neither the right nor the power to do, nor the power to execute, are in themselves null and void. Every age and generation must be as free to act for itself in all cases as the age and generations which preceded it. The vanity and presumption of governing beyond the grave is the most ridiculous and insolent of all tyrannies. Man has no property in man; neither has any generation a property in the generations which are to follow. Part 1.3 Rights of Man

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