AUTHOR | THOMAS PAINE
Thomas Paine | Politics, ethics, religion
Thomas Paine (January 29, 1737 – June 8, 1809) was an English-American political activist, philosopher, political theorist, and revolutionary. One of the Founding Fathers of the United States, he authored the two most influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution, and he inspired the rebels in 1776 to declare independence from Britain. His ideas reflected Enlightenment-era rhetoric of transnational human rights. He has been called 'a corsetmaker by trade, a journalist by profession, and a propagandist by inclination'. Born in Thetford, England, in the county of Norfolk, Paine emigrated to the British American colonies in 1774 with the help of Benjamin Franklin, arriving just in time to participate in the American Revolution. Virtually every rebel read (or listened to a reading of) his powerful pamphlet Common Sense (1776), proportionally the all-time best-selling American title which crystallized the rebellious demand for independence from Great Britain. His The
Born in: Thetford, Norfolk, Great Britain
All Quotes from the Author Thomas Paine 25
“ Wer seine eigene Freiheit sichern will, muss selbst ...
“ For what is the amount of all his prayers, but an at...
“ What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it ...