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Thomas Paine Quotes

“Entrepreneur’s Credo "

I do not choose to be a common man,
It is my right to be uncommon … if I can,
I seek opportunity … not security.

I do not wish to be a kept citizen.
Humbled and dulled by having the
State look after me.

I want to take the calculated risk;
To dream and to build.
To fail and to succeed.

I refuse to barter incentive for a dole;
I prefer the challenges of life
To the guaranteed existence;
The thrill of fulfillment
To the stale calm of Utopia.

I will not trade freedom for beneficence
Nor my dignity for a handout
I will never cower before any master
Nor bend to any threat.

It is my heritage to stand erect.
Proud and unafraid;
To think and act for myself,
To enjoy the benefit of my creations
And to face the world boldly and say:
This, with God’s help, I have done.

All this is what it means
To be an Entrepreneur.

― Thomas Paine, Author of "Common Sense"

"Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice." ― Thomas Paine

The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods.  - Thomas Paine, Author of "Common Sense"

“Attempting to debate with a person who has abandoned reason is like giving medicine to the dead.”   ― Thomas Paine

“Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us.”   ― Thomas Paine

“A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason.”  ― Thomas Paine

“The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.”  ― Thomas Paine

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