Thomas Paine Poems
- Liberty Tree In a chariot of light from the regions of ...
- O Could We Always Live And Lov... O could we always live and ...
- Lines Extempore Quick as the lightning's vivid flash The ...
- Hail Great Republic Hail great Republic of the world, Which...
- The Boston Patriotic Song Ye sons of Columbia who bravely ...
- The Death Of General Wolfe In a mouldering cave where the ...
- Farmer Short's Dog Porter: A T... Three Justices (so says my ...
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 pamphlet Common Sense (1776), advocating colonial America's independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain, and The American Crisis (1776–1783), a pro-revolutionary pamphlet series. The historian Saul K. Padover in the biography Jefferson: A Great American's Life and Ideas, refers to Paine as "a ... 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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In a chariot of light from the regions of day,
The Goddess of Liberty came;
Ten thousand celestials directed the way
And hither conducted the dame.
A fair budding branch from the gardens above,
Where millions with millions agree,
She brought in her hand as a pledge of her love,
And the plant she named Liberty Tree.
The celestial exotic struck deep in the ground,
Like a native it flourished and bore;
The fame of its fruit drew the nations around,
To seek out this peaceable shore.
Unmindful of names or distinction they came,
For freemen like brothers ...