Thomas PaineThomas Paine, (1737-1809) US Founding father, pamphleteer, author

Famous Thomas Paine Quote

“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.”

Thomas PaineThomas Paine
~ Thomas Paine

Common Sense, February 14, 1776

Ratings and Comments

E Archer, NYC

Freedom is never free.

John-Douglas, Nassau

How very true!

heather, minneapolis

Excellent post!! And so VERY TRUE!!!

Abby, Sterling

I truly know how he thinks of Independence!

JoW, Utah
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JoW, Utah    4/16/08

Couldn't have said it better myself.

Mike, Norwalk

We hold this truth to be self evident. - ABSOLUTELY ! ! !

Waffler, Smith

At least we can pay taxes.

Mike, Norwalk
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Mike, Norwalk Waffler, Smith 3/8/19

Waffler, an up front question: How does participating under duress in the slavery of the 2nd plank of the communist manifesto undergo the fatigue of supporting liberty? Is it not obvious, even to a tax collector such as your self, that freedom is owning the fruits of your own labor vs. the god/government owning the fruits of your labor?

J Carlton, Calgary

The tenets of freedom must be taught from a very young age in order to be ingrained.

Richard, Syracuse

Amazing, that the though processes that those patriouts had so long ago have become so muddled today.

Justin, Elkland

True, but the labors of a few have always protected the freedoms of the many. And the many continue expecting libery when they deserve serfdom.

jim k, Austin,Tx

Waffler, why would you desecrate the quote with the mention of taxes?

E Archer, NYC
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E Archer, NYC jim k, Austin,Tx 6/2/23

Because Waffler does not care about Liberty or Independence, he worships State power.  He is also retired from the IRS with a nice pension.

Elisabeth, Astoria, NY

Great quote. I love Thomas Paine in History. "The fatigue" today, though, is different from the "the fatigue" of that time. The Founding Fathers made sure to set up a system that allows Americans to preserve the Freedom for which they paid a higher price.

aa, hb
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aa, hb    6/1/10

Tho tired, the fight will continue until death.

Luigi, Fort Worth

I've heard it said, "Oh, to have men like Thomas Paine today!" While we (with one possible exception) have none in government, rest assured that they exist. Never give in to the Elijah syndrome" and think they are gone. The problem, so far, is "How could they ever find each other in sufficient numbers to effect a positive affect?" I don't know the answer, but I do know that throughout history, no matter how dire the circumstances became, the tyrants, with the Creator's intervention, have always come to dismal failure. This time around, I do believe the "people" are too ignorant to prevent the New World Order's establishment. It will only last but a few years. Probably seven at most, then, as always, the curtain will fall and "break it to pieces." You can't control the masses, but you CAN stay unmoved yourself. It won't be easy. But, then, it never has been. For the few that survive, the peace without their stench will be sweet, indeed.

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    Anonymous    9/3/10

    Freedom actually is free. Tyranny is not cheap

    Ronw13, OR
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    Ronw13, OR    3/8/19

    Christ, our Lord and Saviour died to "make" men free, was buried and rose again from the dead. Let us fight to keep men free ! Let us not deny our Lord and Saviour among men. Salvation is free through the finished work of Christ, The liberty ( all 3 ) in this life which Christ provides comes with the responsibility and freedom to defend it, for we are not ashamed.  

    Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown

    You mean we must endure the chains of fatigue in supporting freedom?

    Mike, Norwalk
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    Mike, Norwalk Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown 5/30/23

    YES ! ! !  That means those that choose individual sovereignty, inalienable rights, liberty and freedom at nature's law the  the level of supporting and protecting will be fatiguing. Every socialist, woke theologian and other malefactor that has chosen the chains of enslavement, death, pain and destruction work incessantly with lies and deception to take away such nobility of man. 

    E Archer, NYC
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    E Archer, NYC Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown 6/2/23

    Bingo!  Give that man a cigar.


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