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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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  • As to you, sir, treacherous to private friendship (for so you have been to me, and that in the day of danger) and a hypocrite in public life, the world will be puzzled to decide whether you are an apo...
    Thomas Paine (1737-1809), Anglo-American political theorist, writer. Letter, July 30, 1796, to George Washington. Paine believed that Washington h...
  • ''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).
  • To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason, and whose philosophy consists in holding humanity in contempt, is like administering medicine to the dead, or endeavoring to conv...
    Thomas Paine (1737-1809), Anglo-American political theorist, writer. Common Sense (1778). Written as part of a series of pamphlets and entitled Th...
  • ''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).
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