Thomas Paine

(1737-1809 / the USA)

Thomas Paine
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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 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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O Could We Always Live And Love,

O could we always live and love,
And always be sincere,
I would not wish for heaven above,
My heaven would be here.

Though many countries I have seen,
And more may chance to see,
My Little Corner of the World
Is half the world to me;

The other half, as you may guess,
America contains;
And thus, between them, I possess

The whole world for my pains.
I'm then contented with my lot,
I can no happier be;
For neither world I'm sure has got
So rich a man as me.

Then send no fiery chariot down
To take me off from ...

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