The Life of Thomas Paine: With a History of His Literary, Political, and Religious Career in America, France, and England. To which is Added a Sketch of Paine by William Cobbett (hitherto Unpublished)

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Page 282 - You expressed a wish to get a passage to this country in a public vessel. Mr. Dawson is charged with orders to the captain of the Maryland to receive and accommodate you back if you can be ready to depart at such short warning.
Page 99 - That such a person as Jesus Christ existed, and that he was crucified, which was the mode of execution at that day, are historical relations strictly within the limits of probability. He preached most excellent morality, and the equality of man; but he preached also against the corruptions and avarice of the Jewish priests; and this brought upon him the hatred and vengeance of the whole order of priest-hood. The...
Page 353 - This is worse than visiting the sins of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generations.
Page 244 - O full of all .subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?
Page 99 - Nothing that is here said can apply, even with the most distant disrespect, to the real character of Jesus Christ. He was a virtuous and an amiable man. The morality that he preached and practised was of the most benevolent kind, and, though similar systems of morality had been preached by Confucius, and by some of the Greek philosophers, many years before; by the Quakers since, and by many good men in all ages; it has not been exceeded...
Page 259 - 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 consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow-creatures happy.
Page 202 - Almighty that there should be a diversity of religious opinions among us : it affords a larger field for our Christian kindness. Were we all of one way of thinking, our religious dispositions would want matter for probation; and on this liberal principle I look on the various denominations among us to be like children of the same family, differing only in what is called their Christian names.
Page 230 - See the wretch, that long has tost On the thorny bed of pain, At length repair his vigour lost, And breathe, and walk again: The meanest floweret of the vale, The simplest note that swells the gale, The common sun, the air, the skies, To him are opening Paradise.
Page 185 - With none of my own made — I choose here ! The giving out of the hymn reclaims me ; I have done : and if any blames me, Thinking that merely to touch in brevity The topics I dwell on, were unlawful, — Or worse, that I trench, with undue levity, On the bounds of the holy and the awful, — I praise the heart, and pity the head of him, And refer myself to THEE, instead of him, Who head and heart alike discernest...
Page 211 - The prayers and even the dogmas of our church are like the zodiac of Denderah and the astronomical monuments of the Hindoos, wholly insulated from anything now extant in the life and business of the people.

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