Thomas Paine

(1737-1809 / the USA)

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Thomas Paine (February 9, 1737 – June 8, 1809) was an author, pamphleteer, radical, inventor, intellectual, revolutionary, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Born in Thetford, in the English county of Norfolk, Paine emigrated to the British American colonies in 1774 in time to participate in the American Revolution. His principal contributions were the powerful, widely read ... more »

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  • ''Suspicion is the companion of mean souls, and the bane of all good society.''
    Thomas Paine (1737-1809), Anglo-American political theorist, writer. Common Sense (1776).
  • ''In the progress of politics, as in the common occurrences of life, we are not only apt to forget the ground we have travelled over, but frequently neglect to gather up experiences as we go.''
    Thomas Paine (1737-1809), Anglo-American political theorist, writer. Common Sense (1777). Written as part of a series of pamphlets and entitled Th...
  • ''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.''
    Thomas Paine (1737-1809), Anglo-U.S. political theorist, writer. Common Sense, ch. 1 (1776).
  • ''When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.''
    Thomas Paine (1737-1809), Anglo-American political theorist, writer. Common Sense, ch. 4 (1776).
  • ''Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.''
    Thomas Paine (1737-1809), Anglo-American political theorist, writer. Common Sense (1777). Written as part of a series of pamphlets and entitled Th...
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