Who is Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine (born Thomas Pain) (February 9, 1737 [O.S. January 29, 1736][Note 1] – June 8, 1809) was an English-born American political activist, philosopher, political theorist, and revolutionary. He authored Common Sense (1776) and The American Crisis (1776–1783), the two most influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution, and helped inspire the patriots in 1776 to declare independence from Great Britain. His ideas reflected Enlightenment-era ideals of transnational human rights. Historian Saul K. Padover described him as "a corsetmaker by trade, a journalist by profession, and a propagandist by inclination".

Born in Thetford in the English county of Norfolk, Paine migrated to the British American colonies in 1774 with the help of Benjam...
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  • Chuckcanady: the real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection. - thomas paine
  • Astoraaron: alliance between germans and african americans at a mass meeting in the german institute, cincinnati, december 1859. the "avatar of freedom" here is thomas paine.
  • Robertbeene1: thomas paine: ‘these are the times that try men’s souls’ -
  • Croydonconst: “our next imperative is to become evangelists. we will be mistreated by the media and censored on line, so commence pamphleteering and try to bring one person to reason at a time. it worked well for martin luther and thomas paine”
  • Iwelsh: adam smith was an extremist. confucius was an extremist who could not get hired by those in power. jesus was an extremist. muhammed was an extremist. thomas paine was an extremist. luther was an extremist, and so was mlk.
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 by William Butler Yeats

What if I bade you leave
The cavern of the mind?
There's better exercise
In the sunlight and wind.

I never bade you go
To Moscow or to Rome.
Renounce that drudgery,
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